Over 1,000 'hostile' spies visited Pakistan under INGO guise: Nisar

Published: July 9, 2015


ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chauhdry Nisar claimed on Thursday more than 1,000 intelligence operators came to Islamabad under the guise of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) during the previous government’s rule.

“Around 1,000 intelligence operators visited the country and got visas in the name of international aid groups in the previous government’s rule,” Nisar said, while addressing the National Assembly.

“All these operators were working with hostile intelligence agencies,” he added.

Nisar was responding to a call-attention notice by JUI-F Senator Hamdullah and PPP’s Saeed Ghani, addressing various statements about INGOs particularly Save the Children.

Read: Interior minister directs NADRA to devise online registry system for INGOs

Criticising the previous government, the interior minister said the people who raised the slogan of ‘Pakistan first’ never dared taking actions against these INGOs.

He asserted that several INGOs were involved in anti-state activities which were not halted by the previous governments. Nisar said his ministry on request of the Economic Affairs Division sealed the office of Save the Children.

Read: NGOs to operate under interior ministry: Nisar

The government on Monday decided that its top registration body, the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA), will be utilised to maintain a central database for the exit control list and to register international aid groups.

The development came weeks after the government had restricted operations of various International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) in the country, prominently among them Save the Children. The INGOs were allegedly involved in anti-state activities.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Fawad
    Jul 9, 2015 - 4:56PM

    Despite this “knowledge” nothing was done or being done. Most of it is just wild assumptions and given as sound bites to media to grab headlines and attention. Earlier statements includes like”3500 RAW agents active in Pakistan”, I just wonder how they come up with these numbers? Recommend

  • London Banker
    Jul 9, 2015 - 5:29PM

    Only PMLN is able to come up with plush categories like “hostile” and “friendly” for spies. I am sure there are other categories “funny” “sad” etc. Recommend

  • B
    Jul 9, 2015 - 6:08PM

    How many INGOs does India have? Start tying your tongues.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jul 9, 2015 - 6:28PM

    This bloke is now touching the extreme levels of insanity.Recommend

  • ???
    Jul 9, 2015 - 6:53PM

    At least they are bringing in money. How about the “hostile” politicians. Whats being done about them?Recommend

  • cautious
    Jul 9, 2015 - 7:11PM

    If true then why not name the “hostile intelligence agencies” as well as the INGO’s that were involved? Nisar is gaining a reputation for bold statements designed to attract attention but the man lacks substance.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jul 9, 2015 - 8:18PM

    More typical Nisar PR nonsense statements issued to deflect blame from government for ills hurting Pakistan!Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Jul 9, 2015 - 11:25PM

    The obvious stoppage of terrosim acts in Pakistan makes clear that something somewhere was going wrong which has been curbed by Govt. If Govt is saying that these INGO’s were doing something wrong than why do we all habitually arguing. No body wants to stop good INGO’s to work. The only thing is it should be moderated to make sure only genuine gets in.Recommend

  • Reluctant Fundamentalist
    Jul 10, 2015 - 1:41AM

    Nisar is only following the footsteps of Rehman Malik. Won’t be a surprise if he comments one of the NGOs had hostile volunteers wearing Star Wars like uniforms.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 10, 2015 - 3:22AM

    Nonsense statement. No politician can be so stupid. Recommend

  • chengez k
    Jul 10, 2015 - 12:35PM

    How else did we expect spies to enter Pakistan?Recommend

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