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NGOs working beyond agenda to face tough law

  • Interior Ministry preparing a draft law for improvement in NGOs’ working

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior Affairs has worked out more stringent law against the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in ‘anti-state’ activities.

According to a new law, the organisations which will be found working beyond their agenda and providing false information will have to face prison term ranging between three to five years and fine will also be imposed on them.

Any NGO if found involved in ‘anti-state’ activities will be proceeded under counter-terrorism act and their assets will also be confiscated. According to an official document from the Ministry of Interior Affairs, as many as 470 NGOs were dissolved this year for not providing correct information and for working beyond their agenda.

The notices to 292 NGOs were issued whereby details about their accounts, money spent on different project and sources of acquisition of funds have been sought from them. The Interior Ministry officials said that the organisations which fail to furnish correct information would be dissolved.

It has also been learnt that the Interior Ministry has got compiled a report from the intelligence agencies with reference to board of directors of the organisations so that it could face no difficulty in taking action. The ministry has worked out a draft law for improvement in the working of the organisations.

According to this law, the board members found involved in collecting funds through false statements would be liable to undergo jail terms and would also be fined. Presently, 1482 NGOs are registered, 1012 among them are functional while 472 have been dissolved and the final notices have been issued to 292 organisations.

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