Minister: (INGOs given extension of one month for registration)


ISLAMABAD: International NGOs have been given extension of one month for registration under the new policy framed by the government.

Addressing a news conference here on Tuesday evening, Minister for Interior Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said those not registering will have to leave the country from first of next month.

He said the extension is also aimed at conveying a clear message that Pakistan wants to work with those NGOs that are ready to operate within the framework of Pakistani laws.

He said 129 INGOs applied for registration by the expiry of previous deadline yesterday. Process has been initiated for verification of these applications. He said the fact that 129 INGOs applied under the existing policy, contradicted criticism of the policies by some countries.

He said in the light of report of the Joint Investigation Team including British Scotland Yard, the Government has decided to lodge an FIR in Dr. Imran Farooq murder case in Pakistan. He said Imran Farooq was a Pakistani national and that is why Pakistan extended full cooperation to Britain in investigation of the case and shared all information.