ISLAMABAD: As part of outreach to discuss mutual concerns related to the registration and operations of international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) in Pakistan, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Wednesday had a detailed interaction with Islamabad-based envoys.
Outlining Pakistan’s approach and policy, she reaffirmed Islamabad’s commitment to a mutually beneficial framework on INGOs, underpinned by rule of law, transparency and responsiveness to nationally determined development priorities.
The foreign secretary further noted that the policy framework was guided by the national context, circumstances, needs and priorities of the country.
She recalled that the decisions on cancellation of registration and closure were in full accordance with the standards of due process, noting that the right of appeal and opportunities to discuss mutual concerns were provided to the INGOs.
Responding to concerns over the potential impact of cancellation decisions on the people of Pakistan, she underscored that as many as 74 INGOs were operating freely in the country and contributing to several areas of priority.
Regarding suggestions for flexibility and periodic review, it was highlighted that the inter-agency mechanism had further delineated the scope of activities that were responsive to Pakistan’s national development priorities.
Janjua also encouraged the INGOs and donor governments to join Pakistan in poverty alleviation, health, vocational education and training, science and technology, environmental protection, disaster management, sports and culture.
The envoys appreciated the open dialogue and constructive spirit to discuss mutual concerns. Both sides also agreed to remain engaged with a view to improved communications and finding ways of addressing concerns.
Senior representatives of the Interior and Foreign Affairs ministries, as well as the Economic Affairs Division (EAD), were also present on the occasion.