Interior Ministry bars 23 INGOs on suspicion of posing national security threat

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Interior Ministry bars 23 INGOs on suspicion of posing national security threat

ISLAMABAD -  The Ministry of Interior has chalked out a new policy for the international non governmental organisations operations inside Pakistan.

The interior ministry has barred 23 international aid groups from operating in Pakistan – suspecting them of posing a threat to the national security.

These groups were disallowed to operate under a new registeration policy for international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) announced in 2015.

The ministry had earlier refused 13 INGOs to work and 10 were disallowed permission during the last week in a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

As soon as a final notification is issued, the names of the ‘blacklisted’ welfare groups will be made public, he said.

The spokesperson further said that these NGOs had been "refused permission in view of their past performance or projects, and due to their involvement in certain activities falling outside their domain and stated purpose of their organisation."

However, these INGOs would have the right of review before the interior ministry. These were also being given a grace period of three months to complete their ongoing projects.

Under the 2015 policy announced by the interior ministry to regulate this sector, the meeting also gave permission to three more INGOs to work in Pakistan.

The ministry has so far granted approval to 73 INGOs to operate in the country and undertake various socio-economic projects. Four were allowed last week. The ministry has also deferred cases of 20 INGOs and these would be decided later on.