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Pakistan expels 18 foreign NGOs citing no reason

11:17 AM | 5 Oct, 2018
Pakistan expels 18 foreign NGOs citing no reason
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has ordered as many as 18 international aid agencies to shut down operations and leave the country, the ActionAid charity said on Thursday, in what would be Islamabad's latest move against foreign-funded groups.

Most of the groups do work on human rights issues, and a previous shutdown order accused one aid agency of pursuing "an anti-state agenda".

ActionAid, which focuses on education, poverty alleviation and human rights and is headquartered in Johannesburg, said it had received an expulsion notice from Pakistan's Ministry of Interior.

The group's country director Abdul Khaliq said that Ministry of Interior has sent them the expulsion order and no reason has been mentioned.

A statement issued by ActionAid called the move "an attack on civil society and human rights organizations".

ActionAid along with 17 other foreign relief organizations had appealed expulsion orders issued late last year to 27 NGOs in all, mostly those working on human rights issues.

INGOs issued notices to wind up ops within 60 days

  • Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), US

  • Internews Network, US

  • Pathfinder International, US

  • Central Asia Education Trust, US

  • American Center for Int'l Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center), US

  • World Vision, US

  • Catholic Relief Svc (CRS), US

  • Plan International, US

  • International Relief and Development Inc, (IRD), US

  • International Alert, UK

  • Saferworld, UK

  • ActionAid, UK

  • Stitching BRAC International, Netherlands

  • Rutgers, Netherlands

  • Trocaire, Ireland

  • Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Denmark

  • Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI), Switzerland

  • ISCOS, Trade Unions Institute for Development Coop, Italy

Khaliq told Reuters that an Interior Ministry official had told him on Thursday that "all of the 18 organizations have submitted their appeal to the government of Pakistan and we have rejected the appeal of all of them".

The letter, a copy of which is available with Daily Pakistan, does not grant the right to appeal, instead of allowing aid groups to "re-apply for registration after six months".

"No reason was mentioned in this letter, and in the previous letter it was also not mentioned," Khaliq said.

The country's interior ministry did not respond to messages asking about the expulsion orders, and the information ministry said it would check on the matter.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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