Several NGOs in Pakistan backed by US, Israel and India: Chaudhry Nisar

Published: June 12, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali on Friday said some international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Pakistan are being backed by the United States, Israel and India.

Addressing reporters in Islamabad, the interior minister’s claims come just a day after authorities sealed the Islamabad offices of the international aid group Save the Children and ordered it to leave the country saying the charity was “working against the country”.

Read: NGO Save the Children ordered to leave Pakistan: officials

The government did not make any formal announcement but an official from the interior ministry said that the agency was involved in the “anti-Pakistan activities”.

“Their activities were being monitored since a long time. They were doing something which was against Pakistan’s interest,” said the official without giving his name because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Nisar said that there are several NGOs operating in Pakistan without any specific agenda. He alleged that most of them were taking part in “anti-Pakistan” activities.

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

“We welcome NGOs in Pakistan, but they need to understand our laws and constitution,” he said, adding that the government won’t let any NGO work “under the table”.

Nisar said that the ministry was receiving several intelligence reports about illegal NGOs, but no action was being taken against them.

“Under the guidance of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a committee will be formed by Tariq Fatemi to look into this matter,” he said.

Regarding EU’s concerns over prosecutions in Pakistan, Nisar asked the EU to respect Pakistan’s constitution and said that Pakistan is “up to its neck”.

“We are up to our neck–terrorists set a war on us. We respect your laws and constitution, you should do the same, he said.

“Death sentence will continue in Pakistan. We are in state of war. It is a key part of our National Action Plan,” he added.

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  • Shah Sahib
    Jun 12, 2015 - 2:20PM

    Tareq Fatimi is a good choice. Meanwhile, Zaid Hamid has been arrested by Saudi Arabia. The war against Pakistan is in full swing.

    I’m sure Raheel and Rizwan are ready.Recommend

  • JD
    Jun 12, 2015 - 2:40PM

    Many people knew it all along. But mentioning it in public would fetch the tag of ‘conspiracy theories’ .. ’bout time the truth came out.Recommend

  • hari
    Jun 12, 2015 - 2:41PM

    I think this is a good decision to look over these NGO s

    Only few are working for real cause, I hope this matter will be seriously taken and not for the sake of news,

    Though I am not supporter of current government but some of the steps are much appreciated.

    We cant always blame the rulers because we ourselves are not doing everything right for our country.
    specially when it comes to government organizations , it is very had to do your work,

    Well Appreciated, Recommend

  • Wali
    Jun 12, 2015 - 2:41PM

    Committee, committee and more committee. The solution to every issue in Pakistan seems to be a committee or a JIT.
    NGOs are foreign funded organisations of all kinds. They may have some agenda but on the face of it doing good in a country where government lacks willingness or capability to do anything beyond forming committees and running metro buses!Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2015 - 2:59PM

    Sir, before going after these NGOs can you arrest the culprits as per the DG Rangers report! Let us know you are not useless!Recommend

  • Lord of the Ring
    Jun 12, 2015 - 3:03PM

    That’s correct and USAID appears to be the mother of

    all such “NGOs”Recommend

  • Abacus
    Jun 12, 2015 - 3:27PM

    India must be doing something right! These people have managed to name India here as well…Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2015 - 3:28PM

    @Wali:
    Well saidRecommend

  • Muhammad Shoaib
    Jun 12, 2015 - 4:04PM

    @Abacus: YIndia must be doing something right! These people have managed to name India here as well…ou wrote, “. No Abacus the Interior Minister is right because some of the NGOs’ chiefs are frequent travelers to India delivering speeches there and welcomed officially by Indians. An exmple of the same is here: http://womenwithoutborders-save.blogspot.com/20110101_archive.html. And I can post many more examples like this, if you desire so. We must appreciate the courage of Chaudhry Nisar and hates off to our intelligence agencies.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 12, 2015 - 5:05PM

    Happy days for dark forces are coming fast. These forces don’t want gender equality, women empowerment, human rights, education for all, banning child labour, free speech and entertainment industry to flourish. Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Jun 12, 2015 - 5:52PM

    Modi bashing is latest fashion, everybody is eager to blame Modi for everything. I’m also fedup with Modi since my mobile charger is not working from this morning.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Jun 12, 2015 - 6:10PM

    Nisar is spot on about the international conspiracy to destabilise Pakistan. CIA, RAW, MOSSAD and other foreign spy agencies are working overtime to create chaos in the country to capture nukes which they suspect can fall into wrong hands. Several NGO’s working for these agencies in various garbs of helping Pakistan in fields namely children health, medicines, uplifting of poor, up-gradation of military equipment and training have entered into govt offices, military training centres. Some RAW agents posing as Kashmir liberators are working in madressas to poison the mind against the state and minorities. Nestle who have suffered huge losses due to ban on Maggie noodles in India are shipping their product in different names to African countries and Pakistan which will be sold by RAW recruited hawkers near important govt offices. Recommend

  • curious2
    Jun 12, 2015 - 6:24PM

    Rubbish. Save the Children has operations in 120 countries and is one of the most well respected charity organizations on the planet. Nissar makes it out to be a special covert operation designed to bring down Pakistan … paranoia at it’s worse – this idiot didn’t even know that Save the Children has no expatriates and that it’s run by Pakistanis.
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    The only people hurt by this chest thumping are Pakistanis — the Pakistanis employed by Save the Children and the thousands of Children who depend on them for help. Shame on Nissar.Recommend

  • allaisa
    Jun 12, 2015 - 6:42PM

    My sources have told me that Nissar himself has employed several child laborers at his house and this was questioned by the NGO Save the Children. They did not know who they were tagging with. Recommend

  • Khalid Hashmi
    Jun 12, 2015 - 6:54PM

    Chauhadry Sahab, please ban NGOs working against Pakistan: all except few with a crystal clear track record of charitable work. Limit travel of foreigners guised as journalists and foreigners in general to sensitive cities and areas. Kick out all foreigners wandering around without good cause from all cities of Pakistan under different covers. Restructure visa process. Put all Mafia heads, economic terrorists behind bars. Open MILITARY COURTS. Put all powerful convicts living freely behind bars. Do the different and courageous. Save employment of thousand of AXACT and BOL employees. Let BOL operate when court proceedings take place. You know better. Demonstrate courage and purpose. Look at the big picture: the ultimate destiny is a dark or bright hole of six feet. Seek Allah’s Mercy and do the right thing. May ALLAH guide and Bless you, and all, and save Pakistan: AmeenRecommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jun 12, 2015 - 7:28PM

    Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali on Friday said some international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Pakistan are being backed by the United States, Israel and India.

    Sir, your action though too late, is the right one to eliminate foreign spy net work! However, there are too many collaborating nationals in your country as well.Recommend

  • Kksr
    Jun 12, 2015 - 7:29PM

    Where is the evidence? This is like the blasphemy. If the GoP/GHQ doesn’t like anyone blame and link with external intelligence(s) and kick out. How simple?Recommend

  • meshuga
    Jun 12, 2015 - 7:34PM

    Perhaps no one has noticed, but . . . . The recent concerted accusations against RAW (responsible for all terrorism in Pakistan) from Sartaj Ali and Nisar are now beiing leveled against NGOs as was done against the Ford Foundation and Greenpeace in India. Kind of a copycat of Indian government responses. But then there is truth, a very underrated commodity it seems in South Asia. One must not forget that Pakistan and India do a pretty good job of undermining their own self-interests better than any “enemy” foreign government.Recommend

  • V S SAMPATHKUMAR
    Jun 12, 2015 - 8:15PM

    @Malatesh:
    Yes, Cent per cent Modi to blame. My paper wala was late for delivering TOI and ET by 40 minutes. All because of ModiRecommend

  • C. M. Naim
    Jun 12, 2015 - 8:30PM

    He does not tell Pakistan what these NGOs actually did that was against Pakistan. Perhaps what they did was for the benefit of the people of Pakistan but also showed how badly served they were by people like this minister and other so called political leaders who will be hard put to earn an honest living elsewhere.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jun 12, 2015 - 9:45PM

    @Malatesh:

    You have your own reasons to dislike Modi and Pakistanis have their own. Modi is instigating trouble and full of hate. Drinking urine or something else is triggering all this. Would you agree?Recommend

  • Najeebullah
    Jun 12, 2015 - 9:54PM

    The minister seems to be blind on the money coming from gulf countries which is responsible for sectarian killings and radicalization of our society.Recommend

  • N
    Jun 12, 2015 - 10:03PM

    Good job Choudhary sahib keep it up nation is with you Recommend

  • ahsan
    Jun 13, 2015 - 1:19AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: that’s a load of crap in few lines Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 13, 2015 - 1:58AM

    Ch Nisar Sahib: do not be rash. If use gray matter then you will even your government is run by USA etc etcRecommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 13, 2015 - 2:00AM

    @Khalid Hashmi:
    Ch Nisar Sahib: do not be rash. If use gray matter then you will even your government is run by USA etc etcRecommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 13, 2015 - 2:02AM

    @Lord of the Ring:
    The biggest NGO is the Government of Pakistan. What Nisar Sahib intends to doRecommend

  • Ashraf
    Jun 13, 2015 - 6:58AM

    What are the charges against them?Recommend

  • Shankar
    Jun 13, 2015 - 6:59AM

    @Lakhkar Khan: “Drinking urine” may not be the problem. Eating dead people might be.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Jun 13, 2015 - 7:44AM

    @Muhammad Shoaib: If Nisar knew that NGOs are carrying out anti-Pakistan activities why did he not take action against them. This simply means that he is taking a shot in the dark and hopes it will find a target. By appointing a committee he has proven that he really does not know and wants to find out. He has taken the names of two most hated nations in the Muslim world and one that is hated by Pakistanis. No surprise there. Recommend

  • observer
    Jun 13, 2015 - 9:35AM

    Yes indeed. Save The Children is a subversive outfit that working against Pakistan by advocating healthcare, education, livelihood, nutrition and economic progress of poor children. STC is acting against Pakistan national interests by preventing these children from joining radical madrasshs and serve the nation as brainwashed terrorists and spread sharia.Recommend

  • Imran
    Jun 13, 2015 - 11:20AM

    The biggest NGO being given USAID is Pakistan Army. Consequently, it has killed more Pakistanis than US, India and Israel combined together. This is the bitter truth that would never be published in any newspaper, including ET.Recommend

  • Eddied
    Jun 13, 2015 - 8:13PM

    This is the worst decision that he could have made…these charities are helping poor children all over the world and Pakistan certainly has more than its share of poor children…this stupid decision will only hurt children…the paranoia of fearing outsiders and particularly any westerners is ridiculous…what exactly are they afraid of?..this is.stupidity breeding stupidity…Recommend

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