Punjab to crack down on ‘illegal NGOs’


The Punjab government will initiate a crackdown on “illegal non-government organisations (NGO)” operating in the province, reported a local media outlet.

The move seeks strict monitoring of non-registered and illegal NGOs in the province after formal approval by the additional chief secretary.

Organizations involved in doubtful practices would be taken to task if found involved in immoral and illegal activities.

Earlier on December 5, 2018, US State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert had said the United States “regrets” Pakistan’s decision to expel 18 international ‘aid agencies’ from the country, adding that many of the 18 groups had worked in the country for years, employing thousands of Pakistanis and working to improve the lives of ordinary people.

A total of 27 international NGOs received expulsion orders late last year out of which 18 had appealed.

The Interior Ministry on Oct 17 had barred 18 International non-governmental organisations (INGOs) from working in Pakistan and ordered them to leave the country within 60 days.

The 18 banned NGOs included nine from the United States, three United Kingdom and two from Holland, in addition to one each from Ireland, Denmark, Italy, and Switzerland.

The ministry has allowed 141 NGOs to continue their activities while directing 72 NGOs to complete their documentation.

As per the instructions issued by the ministry, it will be mandatory for all NGOs to acquire an annual audit from the audit firm of the interior ministry. A total of 68 NGOs have accepted the rules and regulations of Pakistan.





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