The government has directed Medicines Sans Frontier (MSF) also known as Doctors Without Borders to halt its activities and operations throughout Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).
Sources in FATA Secretariat Peshawar informed media that MSF was directed to wind off its belongings in FATA within one week. At present, the MSF is very active in Kurram Agency, adjacent to Afghanistan’s troubled eastern region, especially Nangarhar province.
The official concerned was unable to point out the reason behind this move. Officials in political administration at Parachinar, headquarter of Kurram Agency, confirmed the reports regarding the closing of MSF activities, offices and clinics in the area. However, they too were unaware of the reasons behind these directives.
Earlier, the government through the interior ministry had issued a directive which bound almost all foreign funded non-government organisations and its affiliated local partners to get a no objection certificates (NOC) to operate in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its adjoining tribal area.