Dozens INGOs allowed to operate in Pakistan: Nisar


Islamabad, June 22 (TNS): Seventy three International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) were allowed to operate in Pakistan to undertake various socio-economic projects.

The decision was taken during a high level meeting held in Islamabad on thursday with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the chair.

Twenty three INGOs have been refused permission in view of their past performance and projects or due to certain activities falling outside their domain and stated purpose of their organization.

Cases of 20 INGOs have been deferred and will be decided later on. The step has been taken in view of ongoing process of INGOs in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the registration of the INGOs is critical vis-a-vis security of the state. He said that the registration process will also bring transparency in the entire system of working of various INGOs in the country and will also strengthen partnership between the government and the non-governmental sector putting this equation on solid foundation of trust and spirit to complement each other.

The Minister also appreciated the role of INGOs towards making the registration process a success.

He directed that those INGOs who fails to secure approval during the registration process should be given right to make appeal before the Ministry.

It was decided that details of approved and non-approved INGOs along with their past projects will be placed on Ministry’s website after finalization.

The meeting was further informed that FIA has developed a system for the processing of information received from multitude sources regarding the Most Wanted Human Traffickers.

Besides, FIA is also preparing a database of all most wanted traffickers enabling the agency to have the complete details of MWTs and take concrete steps for their arrests.

FIA has also appointed focal persons in all provinces for dealing with the MWTs cases of their respective zones.

The Minister said that after having completed the process of collecting information about MWT, all out efforts should be made to apprehend these criminals. He said assistance from provincial governments, civil armed forces and other law enforcement agencies should also be sought in this regard to finish the agenda at hand.

The Minister said that red warrants should be issued against those most wanted traffickers who were out of the country.