Balochistan earthquake: Foreign aid relief workers barred

Khan pointed out that France-based NGO Doctors Without Borders had also been refused permission from the government.


News Desk October 09, 2013
Pakistan has barred UN agencies from carrying out relief activities in Awaran. PHOTO: AFP

AWARAN:


Pakistan has barred UN agencies from carrying out relief activities in Awaran. The authorities did not permit UN relief workers, who arrived in Karachi from Quetta on Tuesday, from undertaking a road trip to the district.


A World Health Organisation (WHO) coordinator Dr Fawad Khan told BBC Urdu that apart from WHO, aid workers from Unicef, World Food Programme and other international agencies had reached Karachi from Quetta and were supposed to reach Awaran by road on Monday. However, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) refused to grant them permission, because of which the mission had to be delayed.

On the other hand, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, while talking to BBC Urdu has said that his government had urged the Centre to permit volunteers from international organisations to work for rehabilitation of earthquake survivors.

Khan pointed out that France-based NGO Doctors Without Borders had also been refused permission from the government for visiting earthquake affected areas.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2013.

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Richard Dellerman | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

UN relief workers bring in more UN organizations that have been repressing Baluchistan's Pashtuns. The U.N. support the USA military bombings in Baluchistan's original boarders being from Iran, Afghanistan and into India -Old Land of Cush. The U.N.'s UNESCO train the NGOs that are supported and governed by the World Bank's UNDP's World Organizations. Pakistan's Shi'a government was aligned with the U.N.'s authorities when Baluchistan was taken in Wars with the help of the Shi'a. It was shrunk down to within India and then taken from India and put as Pakistan after WWII! Continue to support the Pashtuns and Sunni, from the ancient Mede Empire and Land of Cush!

Usman | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@M. Emad: @unbelievable:

Only in your wet dreams. Most Baloch actually want security, food, shelter and education like any other Pakistanis. They are being made to choose between the militants and Pakistan and would happily choose Pakistan if we stop ignoring them. . As to barring of Aid workers, they will only cause more woes rather than providing any tangible relief. In addition, relief workers are the perfect garb for foreign agents to fly in. It's a good decision by the local administration.

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