Pakistan halts closure Save the Children charity

Pakistan suspends decision of closure Save the Children charity in Islamabad

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Pakistan Interior Ministry has suspended the decisin to close the main office of the international aid group Save the Children charity in capital Islamabad, said a senior official from the ministry on condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorized to discuss the decision.

Saeed Ahmed, a spokesman for Save the Children in Pakistan, told the AP: "We would appreciate relevant government authorities to communicate to us officially," Ahmed told the AP.

There has been no official word on the reversal and no formal reason was given for the decision.

The office was shut down by police on Thursday for allegedly anti-state actvities. Following it, the charity closed all its offices across the country by Friday.

Following the closure of its offices last Thursday, Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan said NGOs were operating beyond their remit with backing from US, Israel and India.

The charity work in Pakistan for more than 35 years and have about 1,200 Pakistani employees. No foreign staff have been working in the country for the past 18 months.

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