The U.S. released approximately USD656 million to reimburse some of the cost Pakistan incurred from its military operations against the Taliban last year. The money was drawn from the U.S. coalition support fund, which is used to reimburse countries that support counterinsurgency and counterterrorism efforts.
The humanitarian crisis resulting from recent clashes between military forces and rebels in the Swat Valley, in northwestern Pakistan, continues to have ripple effects even as a majority of the people who fled from the fighting return home, a spokesperson of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said. More than 130,000 people are still living in U.N. camps and more than 1.3 million people from the federally administrated tribal areas remain displaced across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, formerly the North-West Frontier Province. The UNHCR and its partners are working to help these people return to their homes and provide them with transitional services as they rebuild their lives. The UNHCR spokesperson noted that a majority of the people affected by the fighting are still traumatized and in need of psychosocial counseling.
Meanwhile, in Islamabad, police officers started receiving training on gender issues under a course organized by the GTZ Gender Responsive Policing project and the National Police Bureau of Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior Government. And the Punjab Education Foundation launched an initiative to operationalize nonfunctional schools in the Punjab province. The foundation started surveying the schools to identify equipment, personnel, logistic and administrative problems that prevent the institutions from properly functioning.