‘Pakistan will not allow NGOs working against national interest’
Islamabad, June 12 (IANS) Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said that no non-governmental organisation (NGO) working against the national interest will be allowed to continue its work in the country.
He said that some NGOs were performing out of their respective domains and they should be probed, Dawn online reported.
“We formulated a plan last year to regulate the functioning of NGOs in the country.”
The statement comes a day after authorities ordered the international aid group “Save the Children” to leave Pakistan saying the charity was “working against the country”.
The interior minister added that authorities in Pakistan have been receiving intelligence reports for many years but no action was being taken.
NGOs, whose numbers run into the hundreds, have been operating without any code of conduct, law and agenda, he said.
“We don’t want to put ban on any NGO but we want to compel them to work under their charter,” Khan said.
The interior minister also appealed to all international NGOs and governments to respect the laws of Pakistan.
Khan also alleged that some NGOs were working against the national interest of Pakistan with the support of India, the US and Israel.
“I will highlight the issues of illegal NGOs in parliament as the government cannot be compromised on national interest,” he added.
The interior minister said that the government would welcome NGOs working according to plan by following the law of the land while the government would also facilitate NGOs working according to their charter.