ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday assured Upper House of the Parliament that NGOs working against the national interest, values and security of the country would not be allowed to operate in the country.
Responding to a calling attention notice of Saeed Ghani and Hafiz Hamdullah regarding ban on the INGO “Save the Children” and subsequent withdrawal of the said ban by the government, the minister said that a comprehensive and transparent system was being evolved to regulate the activities of international NGOs.
He said that unfortunately there were such INGOs which even did not apply for registration for several years and indulged in illegal activities.
He, however, said that there were many NGOs who perform better and playing important role in development of the country and they would be facilitated.
He said that an online system was being devised clearly specifying nature of activities, funding and spending of NGOs in the country.
The Interior Minister said Islamabad office of Save the Children was reopened after three weeks of its sealing following sorting out the issues involved.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan informed the House that two Africa based international NGOs were engaged in unlawful activities in Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan. These were supported by the United States, European Union, India and Israel.
He said Pakistan took the issue to the UN Economic and Social Council and their credentials were cancelled by a vote of 15 to five.
The Interior Minister said in the past about 1,000 persons came to Islamabad in the garb of NGOs and indulged in anti- Pakistan activities. Their activities continued during the tenure of the previous government but no action was taken against them.