Senate: (NGOs working against national interests would not be allowed to operate in Pakistan: Senate assured)


ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan assured the Senate on Thursday that NGOs working against national interests or values of Pakistan would not be allowed to operate in the country.

To a call attention notice by Hafiz Hamdullah, he said a comprehensive and transparent system is being evolved to regulate the activities of International NGOs. He said an online system is being devised clearly specifying nature of activities, funding and spending of NGOs in the country.

He said Islamabad office of Save the Children was reopened after three weeks of its sealing following sorting out the issues involved. He 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 fifteen to five.

The Interior Minister said in the past about 1000 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. He said the government has decided to go for registration and re-registration of NGOs.

Speaking after presentation of a report in the House, the Interior Minister said the issue of fake identity cards issued to Bengalis and those of other nationalities is being reviewed. He said some foreign nationals obtained Pakistani identity cards in collusion with concerned officials and this does not confer on them the right of citizenship.

Responding to another call attention notice, the Interior Minister said that directions have been issued for no land acquisition for residential purposes in Islamabad. The call attention was moved by Mian Mohammad Attique Sheikh.

The Minister said we cannot allow acquisition of land of the poor for raising housing societies. He however said it would take some time to clear the mess created in the past. Referring to a particular incident, he said officials of a housing developer have been arrested after injury of people in a clash over land dispute.