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Red Cross sees violence, suspicion up in Pakistan

Red Cross sees violence, suspicion up in Pakistan

The departing head of a Red Cross delegation says it's getting tougher for aid groups to operate in Pakistan due to rising violence and anti-Western suspicions there since the U.S. raid in May that killed Osama bin Laden.
Pascal Cuttat says the violence and suspicions are adding to bureaucratic red tape facing the International Committee of the Red Cross and other aid groups.
He said at the end of a three-year stint in Pakistan that aid workers are "struggling but not impeded" as they try to help victims of flooding and armed insurgencies.
Cuttat told reporters in Geneva that thousands of people still suffer because of the 2010 monsoon floods, but the Red Cross is focused on providing aid for 200,000 people displaced by fighting last year.