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Pakistan: Non-governmental Organisations

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 22034, tabled on 27 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports that the Pakistani Government is restricting access to (a) NGOs and (b) humanitarian organisations in the Balochistan region.

Answered on

9 March 2020

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are at the forefront of vital humanitarian and development work. They deliver relief to some of the poorest in Pakistan and are important partners. We continue to monitor the ability for NGOs and aid organisations to operate. We have expressed our concern to the Government of Pakistan and continue to urge a clear and transparent process to ensure International NGOs can operate effectively in Pakistan or understand the reasons for their eviction.