Pakistan Orders Dozens Of Foreign Aid Groups To Close, Leave Country

The Guardian: ‘Illegal and primitive’: Pakistan expels foreign aid groups in droves
“The Pakistani government has ordered a number of foreign charities and rights groups to close down their operations and leave the country by the end of January. Over the past few days, the interior ministry has sent letters to 29 major international non-government organizations (INGOs), including Action Aid and Marie Stopes, telling them to shut their offices and leave within 60 days…” (Janjua, 12/18).

NPR: ‘Panic And Confusion’ As Pakistan Orders Foreign Aid Groups To Shut Down
“…Aid workers said the move could upend services to the country’s neediest people. The groups on the list do everything from providing contraception to women to helping farmers purchase drought-resistant seeds. In addition, the aid workers say, hundreds of local jobs could be threatened. The notice came in early December. Since then, ‘there’s a sense of panic and confusion’ in the nonprofit community, says Mohammed Qazilbash, country director of Oxfam Pakistan…” (Hadid, 12/18).

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