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Pakistan kicks out medical charity MSF from country's tribal region

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Pakistan kicks out medical charity MSF from country's tribal region

Pakistan on Wednesday told medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to stop work and leave its impoverished tribal areas that border Afghanistan, the health organization said, ending its 14-year stay in the volatile region.MSF works out of two health facilities in the Kurram district of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region, which has been plagued by militancy over the past decade and was the location of many U.S. drone strikes targeting commanders from al-Qaida and other militant groups.Though security has improved in FATA in recent years, sectarian militant attacks, primarily targeting Shi'ite Muslims, still occur. Twin blasts in the Kurram's most populous town, Parachinar killed more than 75 people in June.Local officials say MSF provides essential health care facilities in FATA, an area with some of Pakistan's poorest health care and lowest literacy rates.We have been asked to close our medical activities in Kurram Agency," MSF said in a statement to the media, adding that Pakistan had refused to issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the charity to work in the tribal areas.


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