View Full Version : Female aid workers not welcome!

Medula Oblongata
07-25-2006, 10:49 PM
By Waheed Khan

MANSEHRA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Muslim clerics in Pakistan's conservative North West Frontier Province want local authorities to expel all women working for international relief agencies in earthquake affected areas by the end of this month.

The clerics accuse the women, including Pakistanis employed by foreign non-government organizations (NGOs), of dressing improperly, mixing with men and drinking alcohol, which is banned in Islamic Pakistan.

"We are not against the NGOs, but we are against them spreading obscenity in society and trying to weaken our faith by corrupting our women," Moazzam Ali Shah, head of Tehreek-e-Islaha Muashra, or Movement to Cleanse Society, told Reuters in Mansehra town.

The clerics have not said what action they might take if the women aid workers are not asked to leave.

More than 50 international NGOs are based in Mansehra carrying out relief and rehabilitation projects for the victims of a massive earthquake that killed over 73,000 people and rendered millions homeless in Pakistan's Kashmir and Frontier province last October.

Mansehra is the district where Balakot, one of the towns hardest hit by a massive earthquake last October, is located.

"We know an ultimatum has been given and we are waiting to see what happens," said Frank Lehmann, a senior official with World Vision, an NGO involved in providing schooling for children still living in tent encampments.

"We respect the local culture and try to behave accordingly," Lehmann said, adding that the relief agencies had raised their concerns with the local authorities.

Police have given assurances that aid workers will be protected, while talks are held with clerics to settle the issue.

"No one would be allowed to disrupt relief work and we are absolutely serious about security issues," Waqas Aziz, a district police officer, said.

"We see this as a local issue, which is being defused. But we have told the NGOs to take care about local sensitivities while working in this area," he said.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an Islamic charity with links with a banned militant organization, Lashkar-e-Taiba, is active in the area, and its officials in Balakot told Reuters they supported the allegations against the foreign aid workers.

The United States added the charity to a list of terrorist organizations earlier this year, but there have been no moves against it by the Pakistani authorities

Thanks for the help, now leave before we cut your head off!!!

I know where I WON'T be sending any money the next time there is a disaster, natural or otherwise. From now on all my donations go to the "Medula Oblongata Guiness Tankard Refill Charity, or MOGTRC for short. The last time I checked, my tankard hasn't killed, maimed, or forced any woman to completely cover herself with clothing (in fact it has quite the opposite effect on many girlie's... well at least ONE) :cheers:

07-25-2006, 10:59 PM
Has anyone thought that God was just getting rid of some worthless tubes of meat?

Medula Oblongata
07-25-2006, 11:09 PM
Bags of meat... Well, bag of something perhaps. Im thinking bags of manure, pig manure. Thats why these idiots dont eat swine, its canabolism.

07-25-2006, 11:47 PM
They just need sit down & shut up and be greatful for the help they have been given.

07-26-2006, 12:59 AM
Clerics, are the root cause of middleastern provences being backward despite it being the 21st century, human rights voilations, inequality of the sexes, perpetuation of both tribal and caste system mentalitys, People looking soo forward to 72 virgins that they squander
the life they have now no matter how young, hatred and Intolorance.
Without them..it would be hard to find a muslem terrorist as there would be far less of them. The Clerics still think they are still fighting the crusades for petes sake.

07-26-2006, 06:55 PM
They just need sit down & shut up and be greatful for the help they have been given.
I agree :)

07-27-2006, 12:24 AM
In America we have Doctors trying to create a cure all forms of cancer
over there they create death and despair, A type of cancer the US Soldier can cure

07-27-2006, 01:34 AM
Been there, done that-

Turning live Hajis into good Hajis one bullet at a time :)