ISLAMABAD- Federal Government declared to allow all international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) currently working in Pakistan to continue functioning for a span of six months in the areas prescribed and specified by the authorities.
This decision was made in a high level meeting presided by Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif in the PM House at capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad. The meeting was held to discuss the issues regarding the streamlining of functioning of NGOs in the country.
A spokesman for the PM House, Daniyal Gilani told the media that all international NGOs will have to go through a fresh process of registration within three months. It is made mandatory for them to complete the process for the sake of initiating the regulation of operations of NGOs in the country.
As per ordered by the meeting, the inter-ministerial committee, directed by Special Assistant to PM on foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi will formulate the guidelines being inclusive of rules, processes and would formulate the legislation for streamlining the future operations of International NGOs in Pakistan.
The international NGOs became the center of attention for the government when an intelligence report released in 2012 linked the charity, ‘Save the Children’ to Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who helped the American Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, (CIA) in tracking down of Osama Bin Laden.
The NGO was ordered to halt its operations in Islamabad and its offices were sealed a few days back.
But the order was later suspended by the federal government amidst the United States (US) pressure.
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