Save the Children allowed to resume operations in Pakistan

Published: June 14, 2015
News cameramen take footage of the office of the international charity 'Save the Children' sealed by order of authorities in Islamabad on June 11, 2015 as a policeman stands guard outside the building. PHOTO: AFP

News cameramen take footage of the office of the international charity 'Save the Children' sealed by order of authorities in Islamabad on June 11, 2015 as a policeman stands guard outside the building. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Days after authorities in the federal capital sealed the offices of international non-governmental organisation Save the Children, the interior ministry has allowed the INGO to resume operations in Pakistan.

Save the Children has previously been accused of involvement with the Central Intelligence Agency and Dr Shakeel Afridi in tracking down the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.

Suspending its first order in which it sealed offices and operations of the INGO in Islamabad earlier this week, the Ministry of Interior let the international NGO to continue its work in the country.

Read: ‘Uncharitable’ affairs: Save the Children office sealed in Islamabad

“The undersigned is directed to refer to this ministry’s letter of even number dated 11th June 2015 on the subject noted about. The competent authority has desired that the action on above letter may be held in abeyance till further order,” reads the letter issued by Ministry of Interior. A copy the letter issued by a senior officer of the ministry is also available with The Express Tribune.

Read: Tightening the screw: Govt to draft new laws for NGOs

“The organisation [Save the Children] can continue its work in Pakistan as it has been doing for decades until any further orders,” a senior official of interior Ministry said.

“We are in process of regulating all INGOs and NGOs and all international organisations have been directed to follow the new laws or close their offices,” he added.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has said the government is working on streamlining the operations of all non-profit organisations working in the country to regulate their activities.

Speaking to reporters outside the National Assembly in Islamabad on Friday, Nisar said a committee constituted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was working on drafting new laws to set a mechanism for operations of all such organisations. PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi heads the committee.

He added that no non-governmental organisation (NGO) working against the country’s national interest would be allowed to continue working in Pakistan. “We just want to regulate the system. We do not want to shut down NGOs, which follow our laws.”

A copy of the letter can be viewed here:

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Reader Comments (42)

  • Sohail Abbasi
    Jun 14, 2015 - 12:31PM

    hahaha shame on our government because of the US pressure they allowed them to resume their work Recommend

  • chengez k
    Jun 14, 2015 - 12:42PM

    It is quite clear now to everyone that all these foreign NGO are indeed front cover……the way U.S govt reacted for SAVE THE CHiILDREN closure was as if Pakistan govt had attacked some U.S assetRecommend

  • volcanic
    Jun 14, 2015 - 1:05PM

    i think government has changed its decision to allow save the children to resume its operations in Pakistan is solely because of the fact that there are numerous organizations working against the interests of the country but at the same time they are ptoviding jobs and other releief to a large chunk of population that would otherwise be a great loss to a country given the current state of affairs .promulgating a law that would act as check will surely serve the purpose to an extent.Recommend

  • volcanic
    Jun 14, 2015 - 1:07PM
  • 1984
    Jun 14, 2015 - 1:09PM

    So much for our bold Interior Minister’s press conference yesterday, where he vowed to take a strict stance against INGOs. Now he should eat his words if he has not already retreated to his hiding for another bout of resentment with the PM. Recommend

  • N
    Jun 14, 2015 - 1:14PM

    Really a matter of shame for Choudhary Nisar and interior ministry don’t eat that much which could not be digested Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2015 - 1:34PM

    United States and Israel monitoring Pakistan through these types of NGOS, shame for Nawaz govt can’t took stand against teror promoting NGOS,, pressure from United States on this matter clearly showing their agenda Recommend

  • Aamer
    Jun 14, 2015 - 1:37PM

    Excellent! Finally better sense prevails.Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2015 - 1:51PM

    @Changez + @ Sohail Bro it’s not because there was pressure from USA. Actually there are dozens of similar NGO’s working in country on similar pattern. Closing of one for one reason or other will cause to do the same for others too. These NGO’s might be loosely connected to some US agency but just revising the laws to close the loop holes is sufficient to ensure they don’t do any harm to country as these are NGO’s working for nearly a century. Otherwise thousands will be left jobless in the already crippled economy. Since you would need to shut each of them ONE by ONE.Recommend

  • Tufan Agha
    Jun 14, 2015 - 1:59PM

    Save the Children is allowed to continue its activities (against the interests of Pakistan). Recommend

  • landofosama
    Jun 14, 2015 - 1:59PM

    Americans were right & practical. If pak will ban the foreign funded NGOs, then who will dole out money for the begging bowls!

    Yes, even China runs away when there is talk of aid/ grant by pak!Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Jun 14, 2015 - 2:04PM

    Seems like Field Marshal Mr. Bean has got another egg on his face!Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Jun 14, 2015 - 2:14PM

    ET Please correct the headline of this news.
    Instead of
    Save the Children allowed to resume operations in Pakistan
    Save the Children allowed to resume operations against Pakistan.Recommend

  • fuad
    Jun 14, 2015 - 2:28PM

    The Interior Minister CH. NISAR must RESIGN!!!Recommend

  • Jalal
    Jun 14, 2015 - 2:31PM

    @A J Khan:

    Save the Children allowed to resume operations against Pakistan.

    Where is your evidence?

    What a U-Turn btw by Government Of Pakistan. Recommend

  • H. Khan
    Jun 14, 2015 - 2:50PM

    Till Pakistan has it’s own sufficient resources raised through taxation,this country is not in a position to withstand external pressures.
    By the way Save the Children is a top rated International NGO with annual programme expense of around US$ 600 Million

  • Bahor Shoh
    Jun 14, 2015 - 3:35PM

    The So-call Field Marshal issues orders without thinking first; the government’s directives and actions should be based on solid reasoning and logic so that they should not be embraced when reversing a decision. The PML-N government has a history of hostile attitude towards civil society and INGOs in Pakistan and I am not surprised they are repeating the same practice. Moreover labelling of “anti-state” is old tactics used by government and has never been proved. All allegations need transparent and unbiased investigation!!Recommend

  • Javed Iqbal
    Jun 14, 2015 - 3:52PM

    Where is our patriotic Interior Minster now who says the INGO involves in anti state activities. Does he remove that label after US intervention?Recommend

  • lkhan
    Jun 14, 2015 - 3:58PM

    Why order StC to close its doors, and now this? Has the government no clue of what to do? An NGO with StC’s reputation, and all the excellent work it does in all parts of the world should not be tarnished. GoP, please get your act together before taking harsh, senseless, decisions. Glad to see you did backtrack; some relief for all our children that lead miserable lives…Recommend

  • Gohar Bacha
    Jun 14, 2015 - 4:01PM

    Welcome Back STCRecommend

  • syed baqar ahsan
    Jun 14, 2015 - 4:02PM

    At least I am happy intelligence high ups started giving importance what is being put up to them and this double gaming of theirs has ruined us.NGOs should work but must kept under hawk eye. Recommend

  • Tangerine
    Jun 14, 2015 - 4:40PM

    Buckling down to the pressure from US. But why US is so interested to intervene in the matter of SC??? Any Idea?Recommend

  • mohsin
    Jun 14, 2015 - 5:15PM

    Which one is wrong decision? Shutting it down or allowing it to work one decision has to be wrongRecommend

  • kashif Rashid
    Jun 14, 2015 - 5:19PM

    They are getting big pie of dollars in the name of those NGOs from western country along with IMF.Recommend

  • Kam
    Jun 14, 2015 - 5:30PM

    Seems like interior minister going on strike again.Recommend

  • Sohail Abbasi
    Jun 14, 2015 - 5:51PM

    @ Farhan bro you really need to hear the statement of Ch. Nisar which he made before two days against this NGO :) on the side note WAKE UP..Recommend

  • Parvez Mahmoofd
    Jun 14, 2015 - 5:56PM

    Finally sense prevailed on our government officials and they have allowed SC to work in the country-striking out over 2000 bread earners with a strike of a pen was like killing them and their famailies. I have been associated with the INGOs, it is totally baseless that all INGOs are spies–we must do away with this attitude. I request the government to frame regulations for the (I)NGOs which they should follow in letter and spirit–there should be no relaxation on that and the non-abiding should be packed (but after giving them a chance to state their point of view)

  • Khalid Rahman
    Jun 14, 2015 - 7:47PM

    When will our leaders stop making us a laughing Stock. Why can they not think before acting.
    is it asking too muchRecommend

  • Sofia Saeed Akbar
    Jun 14, 2015 - 8:20PM

    NGO’a like “Save the Children” are the only reason that our poor countrymen get assistance when we Pakistanis do little with our politicians to help people of limited privileges we can accuse America and turn a blind eye on poor people just think Pakistan is a rich country with billions of foreign remittance pouring in but we do a terrible job of helping the poor in the outskirts no roads, housing, school, hospitals and financial help till we can eradicate poverty we need the NGO’s Recommend

  • Last Word
    Jun 14, 2015 - 10:44PM

    Uncle Sam took Pakistan’s class and gave a good scolding to change its stance immediately.Recommend

  • haroon
    Jun 14, 2015 - 11:04PM

    it is a matter of shame for the govRecommend

    Jun 14, 2015 - 11:40PM

    This is how we surrender before external pressure! A matter of shame for us! we can’t protect our sovereignty from the gallows of our enemy in our own territory. Recommend

  • MSH
    Jun 15, 2015 - 12:24AM

    Chaudry Sahib. .What do you Call it. Uuuuuuuuuiiuiiuuuuu..turn
    Shameful Act on your Part …….Will You Do the same in case of Axect..
    According to your statement NGO was involved in anti state activities.Recommend

  • shahid
    Jun 15, 2015 - 1:01AM


    I reckon you’d still have some ‘justification’ for this too? Eagerly waiting. This too has perhaps happened due to Niazi, right?Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 15, 2015 - 1:51AM

    @Ranjha:Good said Field Marshal who is, was, will remain a controversial dilly dolly man showing his hair style only. Think before you leap Field Marshhhhhal Recommend

  • faisal
    Jun 15, 2015 - 3:29AM

    Pakistanis have no shame. Dying of hunger and poverty, they still want to deprive their children of any help. Either take care of ur sick malnourished children dying of so many diseases or let foreigners at least help them. Paranoid nation. U guys deserve to be like this. Thats why all pakistanis want to leave pakistan.Recommend

  • Moor billawal
    Jun 15, 2015 - 6:33AM

    Chaudhry Nisar BUCKLED UNDER PRESSURE. TALKS BIG. DELIVERS LITTLE. BARKS LOUD BITES SELDOM – CORRECTION Has no teeth so cannot bite. Sayys he is not in Burma, correct, he is in Bangladesh.Recommend

  • Sach Bhol
    Jun 15, 2015 - 7:05AM

    To add a footnote to your very pertinent comment, I would like to say that while Pakistanis want to leave “the land of the pure” by the thousands and millions, no foreigner wants to set foot on Pakistani soil, including the much-touted Muslim fraternity from Muslim countries. You may want to admit the Rohingyas who have just been kicked out of Myanmar. Have a heart! Recommend

  • excalibur
    Jun 15, 2015 - 11:25AM

    Obviously Chaudhry Nisar and Co can only do dadagiri with the likes of AXACT and BOLRecommend

  • Zawyar
    Jun 15, 2015 - 11:44AM

    Dear Pakistani’s – Beware, these cowards will sell off this country. Interior Minister the most shameless person who has no justification to keep his position. If Pakistan can survive without a Foreign Minster it can do very well without Interior Minister. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 15, 2015 - 12:07PM

    @chengez k:
    …or as if they thought it was bad for the government to withdraw vital care for children in Pakistan…Recommend

  • Thankful Person
    Jun 15, 2015 - 1:47PM

    Shameless Pakistanis blaming other countries once again and harassing NGOs like Save The Children on top of that. The very same Pakistanis blaming others do NOTHING themselves for the millions of poverty-stricken children in their country. Pakistan would not be in such a mess if Pakistanis were not so indifferent to the miserable condition of the poor. Have some gratitude for European and American taxpayers and donors that are helping the poor and neglected children in YOUR country. Recommend

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