Red Cross Pauses in Pakistan

Worker's death prompts suspension


The Red Cross suspended its work in most of Pakistan yesterday following the murder of a health program manager. Khalil Rasjed Dale was abducted on his way home from work in January and later murdered when the Red Cross failed to pay a ransom, according to a note found with the body late last month. The suspension covers three of Pakistan’s four provinces and is indefinite, pending a risk assessment review of the Red Cross’ operations in the area. The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum said Dale’s killing was only one of many targeted attacks in the country against humanitarian agencies.

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