Pak­istan kicks out 18 char­i­ties:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pak­istan is kick­ing out 18 in­ter­na­tional char­i­ties after re­ject­ing their fi­nal ap­peal to stay in the coun­try, a move that an aid group spokesman said Thurs­day would af­fect mil­lions of des­per­ately poor Pak­ista­nis and lead to tens of mil­lions of aid dol­lars lost.

The ma­jor­ity of the shut­tered aid groups are US-based, while the rest are from Bri­tain and the Euro­pean Union, ac­cord­ing to a gov­ern­ment list seen by The Associated Press.

An­other 20 groups are at risk of also be­ing ex­pelled after author­i­ties a few months ago sin­gled out some 38 in­ter­na­tional aid groups for clo­sure, with­out any ex­pla­na­tion. (AP)

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