NGOs will now operate under interior ministry: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali while speaking to the press on Monday said that Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) will now operate under the Interior Ministry instead of the Economic Affairs Division.


The minister said that a high-level inter-ministerial committee, set up under Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi for reviewing laws and regulations regarding accreditation and working conditions of INGOs working in Pakistan, had recommended that NGOs should operate under the interior ministry.

He also stressed that there should be a transparent accountability system. “We should know where the money is coming from and what it’s being used for.”

Nisar said the matter would likely be tackled within the next three to six months.

“A lot of NGOs are doing work that governmental institutions are not equipped or able to do. We welcome these NGOs but we will not allow any NGO to work here if they operate in conflict with our values.”

“This is a very important sector for Pakistan. There are over 40 per cent unregistered NGOs. No one will be allowed to conduct illegal activities in Pakistan under the guise of an NGO,” he underscored.

Talking about international aid agency “Save the Children”, the minister said: “Save the Children is not an enemy of the state; it has been registered since 1997 and is a globally-recognised NGO but during the last government’s tenure in 2012, some intelligence reports were uncovered in relation to it but the government did not take any action.”