Banned NGO 'Save the Children' reopens in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The office of International Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) ‘Save the Children’ in Islamabad has been reopened today after the interior ministry conditionally allowed it to work for six months.

‘Save the Children’ operations in Pakistan were halted on June 11 and its Islamabad office was sealed for its alleged involvement in anti-state activities.

A statement issued by the district administration said today that the decision to reopen some of the NGO’s offices has been taken by high officials at the Interior Ministry.

Media reports quoting sources in the interior ministry said that 13 out 73 offices of the NGO have been allowed to operate in Pakistan except the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and other sensitive areas.

A spokesperson from the NGO welcomed the decision and said that their organisation certainly does not work against the country. The spokesperson went on to say that the NGO has been operating in Pakistan since the last 35 years and all its 1200 employees are Pakistani citizens. He added that they will continue their efforts to work for the welfare of children in Pakistan.

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