Pakistan reverses ban on Save the Children charity


A notification of the Pakistani Interior Ministry did not specify the reason for the reversal

By Aamir Latif

KARACHI, Pakistan – The Pakistani government has reversed its decision to shut down all operations of the international children’s aid organization “Save the Children” in the country.

According to Pakistan’s Interior Ministry notification issued Sunday, the earlier decision to ban the nongovernmental organization’s operations across Pakistan would remain suspended until further orders.

The notification did not specify the reason for the reversal.

The Pakistani government on June 11 had shut down the Save the Children’s operation and sealed its offices throughout the country for its alleged involvement in “anti-Pakistan activities”.

Local media reports said that the organization allegedly took part in a fake anti-polio vaccination campaign run by the CIA to track down the whereabouts of slain Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in the northwestern Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad in 2011.