One year has passed since Pakistan had its worst internal displacement crisis but the country is still struggling to meet the needs of more than 3 million internally displaced people due to the current military operation against Taliban. Development experts don’t anticipate IDP reductions this year as any decreases will be offset by new displacements. Relief operations are also underfunded, with donors having met 20 percent of the total aid appeal. Despite the difficulty in providing humanitarian relief, the International Red Cross Society has confirmed that it will continue its operation in Balochistan, denying media reports to the contrary.

Violence between government forces and rebels continues, and floods displaced thousands of residents in the northern part of the country. Relief operations are ongoing. Meanwhile, a new tourism policy draft has been submitted by the government for review; it emphasized the need for “closer international cooperation, consumer protection and joint marketing.”

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  • Chiden Balmes

    Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.