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June 15, 2015

Pakistan Drops Order to Close Save the Children Office

Pakistan's government has backtracked on a decision to shut down global aid charity Save the Children's operations in the country, Reuters and the BBC report. The humanitarian group's Islamabad office had been padlocked by police Thursday and expatriate employees were ordered to leave Pakistan.

A confidential government letter dated June 12 and leaked on Sunday declared that the closure decree be "held in abeyance until further orders." Government officials have accused Save the Children of "anti-state activities" and linked it to a vaccination program used by the CIA in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, allegations the charity denies.

Save the Children said it has received no official word regarding either the shutdown order or the reversal.