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August 25, 2012

Activities of international NGOs to be strictly regulated

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AFP
August 25, 2012

Islamabad: Given the growing security concerns, the government has decided to strictly regulate the activities of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) and a proposed monitoring draft for this purpose is being evaluated by the concerned authorities before its final approval, sources told this scribe here on Thursday.
According to the proposed draft of International Non-Governmental Organisations Regulations available with this correspondent, every INGO would be required to maintain a book of accounts that would be audited by a certified chartered accountant with an aim to ascertain whether the money is being used for the original purposes shown in the registration forms.
A senior government official said the government directed the concerned authorities to prepare this draft when it got to know about involvement of an INGO in a fake polio vaccination campaign to trace Osama bin Laden.
The government would also be able to cancel registration of any INGO if either it gets indulged in any activity against public interest or it gets involved in clandestine activities. Every INGO would be required to show sources of funding — project-wise and donor-wise — details of staff members including foreigners and information about proposed projects with specific location in Pakistan explaining requisite in-hand human and financial resources for this purpose.
The government may also require any INGO to furnish intimation as to the amount of any foreign contribution and the source from which and the manner in which such contribution was received and utilised by it.
It was also stated in the proposed draft that if it is established during inspection or audit of accounts that any of the provision or law is being violated by any INGO the government may seize accounts and all record of such organisation. Those INGOs would also stand ceased that would fail to pursue their objectives, furnish false information to the government of Pakistan and never

show interest in reasonable activity for two years.
“No INGO shall amend its name or stated objectives or shall become a part of any other organisation or acquire any other organisation, except with the prior approval of Economic Affairs Division,” the draft said.
It was also proposed that the government may reject any application or right of appeal regarding registration of INGO, if it feels that the stated objectives in the application are against the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan or may affect the harmony between religious, ethnic, racial or regional groups.