Pakistan evicts MSF charity from Kurram tribal district


Parachinar, Sept. 14 (TNS): Pakistani authorities have told the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to close its operations in a militant-hit tribal district, the group says.

In a statement, MSF said the authorities had refused it a permit to keep operating in Kurram district, on the Afghan border.

It said it was “saddened by the decision”, for which no reason had been given.

MSF has been providing healthcare in Kurram since 2004.

Kurram is one of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), which are governed according to local laws and customs.

They lie along the north-west border with Afghanistan.

Kurram is the only majority Shia Muslim region in a predominantly Sunni country and its capital, Parachinar, has seen three major bombings this year.