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By REUTERS

ICHRIAN, Pakistan, Aug 22 (Reuters) – As the Muslim month of Ramadan begins, tens of thousands of Pakistanis forced to flee their homes by war against the Taliban will have no choice but to languish in camps or host families over the religious period.

About 2.3 million people were forced from their homes by fighting in the northwest, most after government forces launched an offensive against Taliban militants in Swat in April, creating one of the largest internal displacements in recent times. (more…)

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02 Aug 2009 09:06:00 GMT
Source: Reuters

By Kamran Haider MINGORA, Pakistan, Aug 2 (Reuters) –

Pakistan re-opened schools over the weekend in the Swat valley where troops have been fighting Taliban guerrillas for over three months. (more…)

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — Controversial unmanned aircraft strikes against targets in Pakistan’s restive tribal region are not working, the country’s prime minister has told the Obama administration’s point man for the region.

“Continued drone attacks in FATA have proved counterproductive and have seriously impeded Pakistan’s efforts towards rooting out militancy and terrorism from that area,” Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani told Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on Wednesday, according to a press release from Gilani’s office about their meeting.

FATA is the semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Delegations for Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Gilani met at the prime minister’s house in Islamabad on Wednesday morning.

Pakistani military forces have been conducting an offensive against the Taliban in North West Frontier Province and have targeted insurgents in the adjacent tribal region.

U.S.-led forces fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan are thought to have conducted drone strikes against those targets over the border in Pakistan’s tribal region.

The strikes have been unpopular among many in the region because of the threat to civilians. Pakistan has said such attacks have claimed hundreds of civilian lives.

The U.S. military routinely offers no comment on reported drone attacks. However, the United States is the only country operating in the region known to have the ability to launch missiles from drones, which are controlled remotely.

The news release said Gilani told Holbrooke that United States “should share real time, credible and actionable intelligence,” and provide “unarmed vehicle technology,” and “immediate supply of much-needed equipment and ammunition to Pakistan’s armed forces” to ensure a “successful completion of its operation against militants.”

The pair also discussed the dislocation and widespread damage in the war-torn North West Frontier Province.

Gilani called for the United States and other countries to help Pakistan rebuild and urged the Obama administration to speed up the passage of proposed legislation that would help the country.

Any comment from Holbrooke on the issue was not mentioned in the press release. But Holbrooke is cited as praising Pakistan’s fight against the militants and is working on getting the key legislation adopted.

He said the United States would provide funds for reconstruction and help for dislocated residents. He said the United States would help other countries to contribute.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/22/pakistan.taliban.unrest/

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13 Jul 2009 16:58:22 GMT

Source: UNHCR
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YAR HUSSAIN CAMP, Pakistan, July 13 (UNHCR) – For years, Mariam, a young mother of six from Pakistan’s Swat Valley, was obliged by tradition and custom to remain at home looking after her children and keeping house for her husband, Shaukat. (more…)

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: July 13, 2009

Filed at 7:14 a.m. ET

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of Pakistani refugees who spent weeks in sweltering relief camps began heading home to the battle-scarred northwest Swat Valley on Monday under a government repatriation program, traveling on buses with security escorts. (more…)

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Date: 03 Jul 2009

GENEVA, 3 July 2009 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the condition of thousands of children who have been displaced by conflict, or who remain in affected areas, in north-western Pakistan. Nearly 50 per cent of the estimated 2 million displaced are children, many of whom are in urgent need of health and educational services, nutritional support, access to clean water and sanitation as well as protection. Their situation has been compounded by the harsh summer temperatures. (more…)

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By Ahmed Rashid
July 1, 2009

Writing From Mardan, Pakistan — Has the Pakistani government, after years of vacillation, finally gotten serious about eliminating the Taliban threat? Maybe. (more…)

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