5 nuevos casos de poliomielitis en Paquistán gracias a la prohibición talibán sobre su vacuna

La doctora Nima Saeed, representante actual de la Organización Mundial de la Salud en Paquistán, uno de los tres países en los que la enfermedad es aún endémica, ha añadido que “nada se podrá hacer mientras que los talibán levanten la prohibición o permitan la vacunación de los niños en Waziristán Norte”. UCANEWS:

A Taliban ban on a polio vaccination drive is preventing Pakistan from finally eradicating the crippling disease, the country’s World Health Organization (WHO) representative said on Wednesday.

“Nothing can really be done unless the Taliban lifts the ban or allows the vaccination of children in North Waziristan,” Dr

United Nations World Health Organisation logo

United Nations World Health Organisation logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

, the acting WHO representative in Pakistan, told ucanews.com.

He was speaking in Islamabad after five new cases of polio were confirmed this week in the country’s restive tribal areas, where the Taliban banned the vaccination drive in June last year, accusing health workers of being spies.

The ban was imposed a year after Dr Shakil Afridi, a physician, conducted a polio vaccine campaign in Abbottabad as a ruse to help pinpoint the location of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The terror chief was later killed in a US military raid in May 2011.

At least 20 immunization workers have been killed by suspected Taliban militants in Pakistan since the imposition of the vaccine ban. Many areas are now considered too dangerous to continue the program.

Pakistan is one of only three countries left in the world where polio is endemic, according to the WHO. In 2011 it had 198 confirmed cases, the highest number of cases in any nation in the world.

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Dos Generales americanos, obligados a retirarse por su actuación en Afganistán

English: General James F. Amos, USMC 35th Comm...

English: General James F. Amos, USMC 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ABC:

 In a rare move, the Commandant of the Marine Corps has recommended that two senior Marine generals retire because of their failure to adequately protect a large base in southern Afghanistan from a Taliban attack last September in which two Marines were killed and six Marine jets were destroyed.

Eight other Marines and eight British troops were also injured in the attack.

The recommendation from Gen. James Amos that two Marine generals responsible for the base retire in effect means they are being fired.

According to a Marine Corps press release, Amos decided on the course of action after reviewing a four-month investigation conducted by U.S. Central Command into the Sept. 14, 2012 attack.

Under the cover of darkness, 15 Taliban fighters dressed in U.S. Army uniforms cut a hole into the perimeter fence of Camp Bastion, the sprawling joint U.S.-British base located in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. The Taliban fighters then snuck onto the base’s flight-line, where they began to destroy Marine aircraft housed at the base, eventually destroying six Marine Harrier fighter jets and severely damaging two others. It was the largest loss of U.S. aircraft in the entire war in Afghanistan.

The two officers Amos is holding accountable for the attack are Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, the top Marine commander in Afghanistan at the time of the attack, and Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant, who headed Marine aviation units there.

Pakistan está preparado para liberar a un comandante taliban

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Flag of Taliban (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World Affairs Journal:

Pakistan is ready to release Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, an imprisoned senior Taliban commander, in a bid to bolster the faltering peace process in Afghanistan, officials in Islamabad said on Tuesday.

The release of Baradar, a former deputy leader of the Taliban who was captured with CIA help in 2010, would meet long-standing demands from American and Afghan officials, who hope he can help draw other Taliban commanders into peace talks.

Even as Pakistani officials released several waves of Taliban prisoners over the past year, including a new group of seven on Sunday, they resisted setting Baradar free. And on Tuesday, it was unclear exactly when Baradar was to be released, and what had led to the government’s shift.

La lógica es divertida: primero, la CIA lo detiene (imagino que no fue fácil) para después pedir a Paquistán que lo libere porque va a facilitar las conversaciones para “la paz”. 😯 🙄

Los talibanes paquistaníes ponen otra bomba en un colegio femenino

UCANNEWS.com:

At least 16 people, mostly schoolchildren, were wounded in a powerful bomb blast in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern region on Thursday.

The explosion took place near the Government Girls Primary School No 1 in a crowded market in the Bannu district of the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders lawless tribal regions.

Police suspected Taliban militants of being behind the bomb, which was planted beneath a sewerage line and exploded a few minutes after children walked out of the school.

Of the 16 victims brought to District Hospital, 12 were schoolchildren, mostly girls, according to medics. Seven people have been discharged while nine children remain hospitalized.

Sushmita Banerjee, asesinada por los taliban

Una mujer india, autora de una popular autobiografía sobre su huida de los talibán, ha sido asesinada en Afganistán, donde se encontraba trabajando como voluntaria y grabando imágenes sobre la vida de las mujeres de la zona para su siguiente trabajo, según ha informado la cadena británica BBC.

Sushmita Banerjee, también conocida como Sahib Kamala, fue secuestrada durante la noche del miércoles en los suburbios de Sharan, la capital de la provincia afgana de Paktia. La Policía ha encontrado el cadáver de la mujer la mañana del jueves, según ha confirmado la agencia de noticias afgana Pajhwok.

Banerjee escribió en 1995 una autobiografía sobre su dramática huida de los talibán, que se acabó convirtiendo en un ‘best seller’ y que fue adaptado al cine en 2003. La autora se había mudado recientemente a Afganistán para vivir con su marido, el empresario afgano Jaanbaz Jan.

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“Le dispararon unas 20 veces y le arrancaron los cabellos”, precisó.

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Político cristiano paquistaní denuncia extorsión de grupo talibán

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Flag of Taliban (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UCANEWS.com:

A former Christian lawmaker is seeking protection after claiming he is being subjected to extortion threats from a banned militant organization in Karachi.

Javed Michael, a former Sindh assembly member and provincial minister, said he has been receiving telephone calls from suspected members of the prohibited Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) demanding money.

“They have told me to pay PKR2 million [US$19, 000] immediately. I have told them that I can’t afford that much money,” Michael said.

“I have received about 70 calls in just four days. They have threatened to bomb my house and kidnap my children if I don’t pay.”

Malala, Premio Nobel de la Paz infantil

malalaABC.es:

El 9 de octubre de 2012, milicianos de Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) abrieron fuego de forma indiscriminada contra el coche en el queMalala y otras dos niñas se dirigían a su escuela de la localidad de Mingora. Las tres resultaron heridas, pero Malala gravemente, por lo que tuvo que ser trasladada a Reino Unido para ser intervenida quirúrgicamente.

Los talibán paquistaníes explicaron que el ataque obedecía al activismo de Malala, que había adquirido notoriedad por defender la educación femenina en un blog de la BBC. Además, amenazaron con que volverían a intentar matarla. Malala ha pasado cinco meses recuperándose en el Hospital Reina Isabel de Birmingham. En marzo reanudó las clases en esta localidad británica, donde ha decidido instalarse definitivamente con su familia.