Registration applications of almost 42 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been denied by the Federal government due to security reasons.
The intelligence agency of Pakistan raised objection over the international NGOs conducting suspicious activities in the country. Due to this reason, many of the NGOs got banned in the country.
The government is also tightening rope over the cash coming in and going out of the country. This is being done following being placed at the grey list of Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF).
For the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU), the applications of the NGOs were sent to the Economic Affairs Division (EAD). If they would have been signed it would have enable the international NGOs to open bank accounts in the country and receive funding from abroad.
Zulfiqar Haider EAD Additional Secretary and the official spokesperson said, “The decision has been taken by a committee strictly following policy on registration of NGOs.”
Adding, “It is the collective decision of the committee and no particular department.”
After FATF declared Pakistan’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regimes as non-compliant, the country had review its strategy.
If a national organization wants to have foreign funding for its projects, it must be registered with EAD. As of now there are 53 NGOs in Pakistan that are registered with the EAD.