​Malnutrition crisis at a cost of 3pc of GDP

March 14, 2014 - 6:52:28 am

KARACHI: The malnutrition crisis in Pakistan is estimated to cost the economy three percent of gross domestic product every year, says Pakistan Emergency Food Security Alliance (Pefsa) yesterday.

According to various government and independent researches, malnourishment in Sindh has crossed the emergency threshold of 15 percent of the population, which requires public policy action, it says in a statement.

Country Director Oxfam in Pakistan, who leads the Pefsa, Jabbar Khan, says, “There is no dearth of food, but persistent economic inequalities, untimely public policy action, unaccountable governance, unfair distribution of resources and control on decision making by few are the major causes of the crisis.”

The Pefsa states that food insecure households with moderate and severe hunger are estimated to be 34 and 17 percent, respectively, in the province, higher than all other areas in Pakistan.

26 militants killed in raids

Kabul: Twenty-six Taliban militants were killed in joint operations launched by Afghan security forces and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF) during the past twenty-four hours in different regions of the country.

Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said in a statement today that Afghan forces carried out with ISAF several joint operations killing 26 Taliban militants, injuring 16 others, and arresting 17 others.

The statement added that the security forces seized large quantities of heavy and light weapons.                          AGENCIES