Red Cross halts most Pakistan aid after April beheading
[Jerusalem Post] The International Committee of the Red Thingy (ICRC) said on Tuesday it was halting most of its aid programs in Pakistain due to deteriorating security and the beheading of a British staff doctor in April blamed on Taliban jihad boys.
The independent agency, which had already suspended operations in three of Pakistain's four provinces in May pending a security assessment, said it would carry on working in the country "but on a reduced scale".
"All relief and protection activities are being stopped. All projects of rehabilitation, economic projects, have been terminated," said Jacques de Maio, head of ICRC operations in South Asia, on one of the organization's blog.
"We have closed a number of offices. We are also terminating all visits to detainees in Pakistain," he added.
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