Pakistan-based aid workers who are complaining of heightened restrictions on foreigners’ movement in the country and possible implications of strained U.S.-Pakistan relations are overreacting, a U.N. official said.
International aid groups and U.S. embassy officials have complained of the increased scrutiny of their movements in Pakistan and stricter requirements in applying for a visa to the country. These have affected their work and caused delays in projects in flood-hit areas of Pakistan.
The aid groups said the increased scrutiny of foreigners in Pakistan could be the result of the fallout between the country and the United States following the U.S. raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and the shooting incident involving a Central Intelligence Agency contractor. Some aid workers have expressed concern over getting caught in between the strained relationship of the U.S. and Pakistan.
A U.N. official, however, has disagreed with this assessment.
“Certainly the situation has resulted in mistrust,” the Guardian quotes the official, who the newspaper did not name. “But they [aid workers] come into the country for a short period, they don’t know the system, and they overreact.”
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