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Foreign NGOs in Pakistan under Threat

Threats of suicide attacks on foreign aid agencies in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province have triggered the suspension of relief efforts for Afghan refugees, with many international agencies withdrawing staff to safer zones. The threats were not entirely unexpected, though. Babar Baloch, a UNHCR spokesman, said the Pakistan government-run Afghan Refugees Organization, functioning as a bridge between the government and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), had earlier warned them of attacks on the British and American workers of the organizations. In a message to the aid agencies, the organization stated, “It is reliably learnt that a group of Taliban headed by one Mullah Hashim Ishaqzai plans to target the UNHCR office and other foreign NGOs at Quetta and other parts of Balochistan through suicide bomb attacks.” Full Story

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