Pakistan expels Save the Children

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Cordon Press


PAKISTAN has ordered the international aid agency Save the Children to leave the country, as an official accused the charity of “anti-Pakistan” activities.
Police on Thursday June 11 sealed off their offices in Islamabad and posted a notice giving all expatriate staff 15 days to leave the country. Save the Children said it “strongly objected” to the action.
In a statement reported by The New York Times, the charity said: “We strongly object to this action and are raising our serious concerns at the highest levels.”
They also made it clear that all of its 1,200 staff in the country were Pakistani nationals.
Save the Children have found themselves under increasingly strict observation since 2012, when Pakistan linked the charity to ShakilAfridi, the Pakistani doctor and the fake vaccination programme used by the CIA to track down Osama Bin Laden.
The charity has always denied being involved with the CIA or doctor ShakilAfridi, who carried out the programme.
Save the Children, which has operations all over the world, has worked in Pakistan for more than 30 years.

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