All relief and protection activities are being stopped. All projects of rehabilitation, economic projects, have been terminated,” said Jacques de Maio, head of ICRC operations in South Asia, on one of the organization’s blog.
“We have closed a number of offices. We are also terminating all visits to detainees in Pakistan,” he added.
The agency, which rarely suspends its operations even in war zones, has worked in the country since the end of British colonial rule in 1947.
It was providing mainly health services and physical rehabilitation for victims of violence and natural disasters, many of whom have lost limbs.
The ICRC said it would focus on treating patients wounded in fighting and aimed to reopen a surgical field hospital in Peshawar. It has been closed since the murder of staff member Khalil Rasjed Dale, abducted by suspected militants in January.
The beheaded body of Dale, who ran a health program in the southwestern city of Quetta in the Baluchistan province, was found on April 29.
ht/mary from marin