Pakistani lifts bar on Save the Children

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jun 15, 2015, 6:41 am IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 9:13 pm IST
Days after authorities in the federal capital sealed the offices of Save the Children
IslamabadOnly two days after asking international NGO Save the Children to wind up, the Pakistani authorities have allowed them to resume activities, ostensibly under the United States pressure.
 
“The interior ministry has allowed Save the Children to resume operations in Pakistan,” said an official. The US was annoyed with the Pakistan decision to close down operations of the Save the Children and making working difficult for the other NGOs. The state department had said that Pakistan was “hurting itself” by taking action against the NGOs.
 
Save the Children was under strict scrutiny of the country’s intelligence agencies after the killing of former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in 2011 by US Naval Seals.
 
After Bin Laden’s killing, the intelligence agencies were convinced that the aid organisation was used as cover by the US spies hunting the Al-Qaeda chief.
 
On Thursday, Pakistan had banned the operations of Save the Children in the country for “violating” its mandate as the interior ministry launched action against all the NGOs working on the “foreign agenda”.
 
Days after authorities in the federal capital sealed the offices of Save the Children, the interior ministry has allowed the INGO to resume operations in Pakistan.
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