Pakistan Deporting 89 Arab Aid Workers
military regime ordered 89 Arab and other Muslims working for Islamic relief
agencies deported, government and intelligence officials said Saturday.
letter from the federal interior ministry listed the individuals to be deported
by name and nationalities. Most of them were from Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt and
The others were from Jordan, Somalia, Morocco,
Algeria, Syria and Indonesia. All were working in Pakistan's Northwestern
Frontier province along the border with Afghanistan.
One official, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said the letter directed provincial administration to deport the 89
The letter sent from the federal government
identified the following organizations: the Saudi Red Crescent, the Kuwait based
Lajnat al-D'awa Al-Islamiah, International Islamic Relief Organization, Islamic
Relief Agency (ISRA), Kuwait Red Crescent, Islamic coordination Council and
Kuwait Red Crescent.
There was no indication of any wrongdoing by
any of these organizations.