ISLAMABAD - A leading foreign humanitarian organisation assisting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) has closed its operations across the country after authorities refused to grant No Objection Certificate (NOC) to it.

The Nation learnt reliably that government has expressed reservations over some of the activities of Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) currently involved in assisting over six hundred thousands IDPs in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Although senior officials of the NRC avoid to publicly announce closure of its activities, it has closed offices in Kurram Agency on Wednesday and would shutdown its offices in other parts in case it does not reach an agreement with the government.

The core objectives of NRC include non-food items (NFIs), shelter, school construction, water and sanitation, legal assistance, and food security in areas where people have taken temporary shelters after getting displaced from their home towns.

But Country Director NRC Quratul Ain said that negotiation were still in progress with the government to get the NOC, saying she was in no position at the moment to say whether the humanitarian organisation would shutdown its operation.

However, officials working with the council said the government was quite sceptical about the activities of NRC in some tribal areas and frontier region where the council was being suspected of getting access to soft data and information of IDPs, an allegation denied by Country Director NRC.

The IDPs, according to field staff of NRC were satisfied with the welfare activities of the NGO, adding closure of the programme would further create problems for the displaced communities.

“Closing of NRC at a time when millions of people have been rendered homeless by militancy in tribal areas, would take heavy toll on the living standard of IDPs. It is high time that the government should grant NOC to other INGOs,” a NRC official said.

The NRC is a an independent humanitarian organisation that provides assistance, protection and durable solutions to refugees and internally displaced persons globally.