Working without clearance: Fate of over 20 NGOs to be decided on Monday

The panel will also comprise of representatives from ISI

Naveed Miraj May 31, 2015
Interior Minister Chauhdry Nisar. PHOTO: ONLINE


A high-powered committee will decide on Monday the fate of more than 20 international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which have not been cleared to work in Pakistan by the country’s security agencies.

The panel – which will be headed by PM’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and comprise representatives of the Intelligence Bureau, ISI, the interior ministry, the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and the Foreign Office – will evaluate security agencies’ reports on the credibility and activities of the NGOs in question.

The NGOs whose fate is set to be discussed in Monday’s meeting include the International Republic Institute, National Democratic Institute, Save The Children International, Save The Children USA, Partner Aid International, Catholic Relief Services, Oxfam GB, International Alert, Norwegian Refugee Council, Creative Associates, Danish Refugee Council, International Foundation of Electoral Systems, Johanniter International Assistance, Inter News, Central Asian Institute, Mercy Corps and World Vision.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2015.


Khimchand Sanjo | 6 years ago | Reply Enquiry should be made against such INGO/NGO's on fair trial basis and then decision should be made accordingly, no doubt NGO or any institutions engaged in anti state actions should be punished...but here it seems huge number of NGO's are caught in doing anti state actions and that should not be as briefed in media, I think judicial committee may be given responsibility to figure out the situation and there should not be shut down of all the NGOs' mentioned above at once. Because huge number of Pakistani fellows are doing jobs in these NGO'S, they all will be unemployed & government may not have any alternate to engage them. Government should introduce alternate and then there is no huury in Getting colse of these shops. This action should be taken against all not specified or pointed one & then it may be appreciated by masses.
Muhammad Shoaib | 6 years ago | Reply @siraj: Well you have praised your INGO but my question to you is you, "are you using GPS and Thuraya or other satellite phones? If you are using these, then have you been granted official licence or are your satellite SIMs registered with PTA?'' If you are using these without licence or registration; then there is where your activities are dubious and suspicious.No country within its territory will allow the use of GPS, Satellite phone or GIS mapping of its land and Pakistan has clear laws about these equipment which are used for gathering intelligence inside a country.
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