Red cross shuts down three offices in pakistan. More could follow.

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    ICRC shuts three offices – more could follow

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    PESHAWAR: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the private humanitarian institution which has carried out operations even during the First and Second World Wars, has found the ‘current situation and constraints’ on its Pakistani mission, particularly in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) taxing enough to thoroughly review its setup in the country.

    The ICRC has already shut down three of its offices in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, simultaneously working on limiting its staff in Pakistan, said an ICRC official. “The reason behind the closure and limiting of staff in Pakistan was because of questions being raised about the operational procedure of the ICRC,” said ICRC Operational Communicational Manager Najam Saqib Iqbal.

    “For the time being, we are closing down our centres in Hangu, Swat and Temargara (Lower Dir),” Saqib told The Express Tribune, adding that the current process would not be limited to K-P but the entire country.

    However, a senior ICRC official requesting anonymity told The Express Tribune that the organisation would be limited to Peshawar only. “We have problems in Quetta also, but we will continue in the main towns with limited staff,” said the official.

    A statement issued by the ICRC late on Wednesday said the organisation was facing increasing difficulties for the last few years in accessing areas and populations. “In addition, issues related to the ICRC’s scope of activities and set-up have been raised repeatedly … that is why the organisation is in the process of a thorough review of its setup with no more comments available at this time,” the statement read.

    When contacted, ICRC Head of Sub-Delegation Peshawar, James Reynolds told The Express Tribune that the organisation was facing problems – however, he refused to comment about the nature of the troubles being faced by ICRC.

    “We want to continue and carry on our process of helping humanity,” Reynolds said.
    Reynolds went on to confirm the reports of limiting staff in certain offices but made it a point to mention that the organisation would still carry out activities in the area (Peshawar) through their main offices because of the humanitarian crisis in the region.

    The ICRC has been one of the major organisations working in the militancy-hit areas of Hangu, Swat and Lower Dir. The organisation has been given access to these areas and in return the organisation has helped out by initiating different social and economic uplift programmes, particularly in the conflict zones. It is feared that the closure of its offices outside K-P will be disastrous for the flood victims and internally displaced persons in the country.

    The organisation has had a permanent presence in Pakistan since 1981, initially concerned with helping victims of the armed conflict in Afghanistan. Its current operational focus is on assisting victims of the armed violence affecting K-P, Balochistan and other areas.

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    reason for RED-CROSS to shuts down in pakistan
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    British Red Cross doctor 'standing outside his office when kidnapped'

    For video, visit :Video: British Red Cross doctor 'standing outside his office when kidnapped' - Telegraph

    Unidentified gunmen kidnapped the ICRC official in the restive city of Quetta, the main town of the insurgency-hit Baluchistan province in Pakistan, which borders both Iran and Afghanistan.
    The man, reportedly a doctor, was travelling to the Red Cross office when he was stopped by gunmen who forced him into their vehicle and drove away, police sources said.

    "Khalil Ahmad Dale was standing in front of his office when unknown gunmen riding a Landcruiser picked him and took him away," Nazeer Kurd, a senior police official in Quetta said.
    "He has a British passport."


    "We are checking all routes out of the districts, but we have not been able to trace that vehicle. We are trying to ensure that the vehicle does not leave Quetta," Quetta police chief Faisal Mehmood said.

    No one has immediately claimed responsibility, but criminal gangs have often targeted foreign aid workers in the hope of securing large ransoms for their release, sometimes passing their hostages on to Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked groups.

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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    I wonder how these people have the guts to go into Pakistan in first place. It is one place that is less safer than even Somalia right now.
     
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    Red cross closing, Finland has closed its embassy. No major airlines coming to na-pakland. No major companies investing in na-pakland.

    is it begning of an end. Kya yehi pyar ha?????:scared2::scared2::scared2:
     
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    Kya yehi pyar ha?????
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    No , its the Emotional attayachar caused for pakistan.
     
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    @kala pani^^^your intentions are very clear you dont want Pakistani to be in that forum after all plz use your original flag, one thing for sure you are not Indian.
    @topic, Red cross and other organizations closing their operations because they done their work or i would say pakistan stop them to close their operation because under the banner of such organizations some of them are foreign agents, destabilizing Pakistan, supporting TTP and other terror groups, main task ist o find out Usama and mullah Umer, one more task is to identify the areas where nuclear sites are.
     
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    mikki beta which forum u r taking about by saying THAT FORUM. r u taking about PDF????

    It's my original flag. Iam of Indian origin. My love for pak in this forum prove that lollllll.

    Anyhow coming on topic. If u close all foreign NGO's in pretexting they are spying,who will do their relief work in pak ???? Zardari or altaf ???
     
  9. Ray

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    I would shut every office and leave Pakistan to their Fate.

    They are beyond help.
     

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