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Pakistan Orders  ‘Save the Children’ to Leave
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Pakistan Orders ‘Save the Children’ to Leave

Pakistan has ordered the charity Save the Children to leave the country, with an official accusing the NGO of “anti-Pakistan” activities.
Police have sealed off their offices in Islamabad and foreign staff given 15 days to leave the country.
Save the Children said it “strongly objected” to the action.
Pakistan has previously linked the charity to the fake vaccination program used by the CIA to track down Osama Bin Laden, reports bbc.com.
The charity has always denied being involved with the CIA or Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who carried out the program.
The charity has had no foreign staff in the country for the past 18 months in response to the accusations.
It now has 1,200 Pakistani staff working on projects in health, education and food, the charity said.
Save the Children, which has operations all over the world, has worked in Pakistan for more than 30 years. The government has not given a formal announcement explaining the decision.
But one official told the AFP news agency: “Their activities were being monitored since a long time. They were doing something which was against Pakistan’s interest.”
A police official said that the charity’s phone calls and offices had been placed under surveillance. Speaking to the Reuters news agency, he added that the charity’s activities were “very suspicious”.

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