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Pakistan Expelling ActionAid, 17 Other Foreign Aid Groups, Charity Says

Pakistan is ordering the ActionAid charity and 17 other international aid agencies to shut down operations and leave the country in Islamabad’s latest move against foreign-funded human rights groups, ActionAid said.

The South Africa-based charity, which focuses on education, poverty alleviation, and human rights, said on October 4 that it had received an expulsion notice from Pakistan’s Interior Ministry after losing an appeal of an order to leave the country last year.

The group’s Pakistan country director, Abdul Khaliq, told Reuters that a ministry official told him Islamabad has also rejected the appeals of 17 other international aid organizations that were also ordered to leave last year and that Pakistan will be expelling them as well.

“Pakistan’s decision to shut down ActionAid and other International NGOs is a worrying escalation of recent attacks on civil society, academics, and journalists,” ActionAid said in a statement.

“The immediate victims will be the thousands of ordinary Pakistani families who ActionAid has been supporting to claim their rights and build a better life,” it said.

ActionAid and the other 17 foreign relief organizations that appealed their expulsion orders were among 27 charities ordered out of the country last year, most of them working on human rights issues.

One of the shutdown orders accused an aid agency of pursuing “an antistate agenda.”

Khaliq told Reuters that an Interior Ministry official told him that “we have rejected the appeal of all” 18 groups that appealed their expulsion orders last year.

The letter ordering ActionAid out of the country granted the group an opportunity to “reapply for registration” after six months. The expulsion letter did not offer a reason for forcing the group out of the country.

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry did not respond to messages asking about the expulsion orders, and the Information Ministry said it would check on the matter.

Khaliq told Reuters that during an appeal hearing in March, a special committee inquired about details of ActionAid’s work in Pakistan, but the organization received no further inquiries from the government after that.

“We empower the poor and marginalized people… Maybe the government does not like that approach… Maybe there is some communication gap between ActionAid work and the government,” he said.

The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum, an alliance of international nongovernmental organizations, told AFP that it fears that the appeals of all the charities that were ordered out of the country have been rejected.

Pakistan’s campaign against foreign charities operating in the country has been building for years.

In 2015, Pakistan asked all foreign aid and advocacy organizations to reregister with the government to enhance the monitoring of their operations.

That followed an incident in 2012 that fueled suspicion of foreign-aid groups in Pakistan.

In 2012, a Pakistani intelligence report linked the aid group Save the Children to the U.S. CIA’s efforts to locate Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was killed in his home in Abbottabad in 2011 by U.S. Navy Seals in a secret operation.

Save the Children denied it had any links to the CIA. But the charity’s expatriate staff were forced to leave Pakistan after the accusations emerged.

Pakistan, in hardening its policies toward international aid groups, has sometimes accused them of being covers for spying operations and has repeatedly warned them to restrict their activities.

Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.

Pakistan Expelling ActionAid, 17 Other Foreign Aid Groups, Charity Says

Pakistan is ordering the ActionAid charity and 17 other international aid agencies to shut down operations and leave the country in Islamabad’s latest move against foreign-funded human rights groups, ActionAid said.

The South Africa-based charity, which focuses on education, poverty alleviation, and human rights, said on October 4 that it had received an expulsion notice from Pakistan’s Interior Ministry after losing an appeal of an order to leave the country last year.

The group’s Pakistan country director, Abdul Khaliq, told Reuters that a ministry official told him Islamabad has also rejected the appeals of 17 other international aid organizations that were also ordered to leave last year and that Pakistan will be expelling them as well.

“Pakistan’s decision to shut down ActionAid and other International NGOs is a worrying escalation of recent attacks on civil society, academics, and journalists,” ActionAid said in a statement.

“The immediate victims will be the thousands of ordinary Pakistani families who ActionAid has been supporting to claim their rights and build a better life,” it said.

ActionAid and the other 17 foreign relief organizations that appealed their expulsion orders were among 27 charities ordered out of the country last year, most of them working on human rights issues.

One of the shutdown orders accused an aid agency of pursuing “an antistate agenda.”

Khaliq told Reuters that an Interior Ministry official told him that “we have rejected the appeal of all” 18 groups that appealed their expulsion orders last year.

The letter ordering ActionAid out of the country granted the group an opportunity to “reapply for registration” after six months. The expulsion letter did not offer a reason for forcing the group out of the country.

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry did not respond to messages asking about the expulsion orders, and the Information Ministry said it would check on the matter.

Khaliq told Reuters that during an appeal hearing in March, a special committee inquired about details of ActionAid’s work in Pakistan, but the organization received no further inquiries from the government after that.

“We empower the poor and marginalized people… Maybe the government does not like that approach… Maybe there is some communication gap between ActionAid work and the government,” he said.

The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum, an alliance of international nongovernmental organizations, told AFP that it fears that the appeals of all the charities that were ordered out of the country have been rejected.

Pakistan’s campaign against foreign charities operating in the country has been building for years.

In 2015, Pakistan asked all foreign aid and advocacy organizations to reregister with the government to enhance the monitoring of their operations.

That followed an incident in 2012 that fueled suspicion of foreign-aid groups in Pakistan.

In 2012, a Pakistani intelligence report linked the aid group Save the Children to the U.S. CIA’s efforts to locate Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was killed in his home in Abbottabad in 2011 by U.S. Navy Seals in a secret operation.

Save the Children denied it had any links to the CIA. But the charity’s expatriate staff were forced to leave Pakistan after the accusations emerged.

Pakistan, in hardening its policies toward international aid groups, has sometimes accused them of being covers for spying operations and has repeatedly warned them to restrict their activities.

Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.

Police recover huge cache of arms from Peshawar

Police has recovered huge cache of arms from a motor car in Chamkani area of Peshawar.

According to police, the arms include twenty-two pistols, twenty rifles and more than thirty-seven thousand cartridges.

Two smugglers were also arrested.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Promotion of sports & provision of better training atmosphere top priority of Govt: Fehmida Mirza

Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Fehmida Mirza has said the government wants to promote sports and provide better training atmosphere to the players.

Talking to media in Islamabad today, she said a policy will be devised by a task force to be represented by all the provinces to support games of a particular area.

She said that training programmes for the coaches of different games will be launched in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission.

The Minister desired that Pakistan Sports Board should support all the games that are played in the country and go for talent hunt.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Houthi militia leader, 40 militants killed in airstrike in Yemen

In Yemen, Houthi militia leader Hussein Yahya Ksheima and forty other militants have been killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition in Hodeidah district.

Yemeni Military sources confirming these reports said that Hussein Yahya Ksheima was one of major frontline leaders, and he was an expert in planting mines and explosive devices.

Source: Radio Pakistan

NAB files corruption reference against CEO MNM Motorcycles

National Accountability Bureau Lahore has filed a corruption reference against Chief Executive Officer of M/s MNM Motorcycles (Pvt) Limited, Muhammad Ahmed Sial and thirty nine other employees of the company over alleged fraud of seventeen billion rupees.

According to NAB spokesman, more than eleven thousand affectees approached the Bureau with their claims amounting to about seventeen billion rupees. He said the claims of 10.7 billion rupees were verified.

Source: Radio Pakistan