Government is Starting NGO Security Audit

Government is Starting NGO Security Audit

In an effort to strengthen its control over the flow of money in and out of the country, the federal government has ordered a security audit of local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the country.

The decision for the audit was made at the recent National Security Council meeting on Thursday.

The meeting decided to act against non-governmental organizations involved in suspicious activities.

Government is Starting NGO Security Audit

Government is Starting NGO Security Audit
Government is Starting NGO Security Audit

This action is part of the National Action Plan and will help the country control the dubious cash flow and international financing.

During the security audit, the organizations’ previous records as well as their activities will be carefully reviewed.

According to the sources, the auditors will focus on the co-operation of NGOs working in Pakistan and their links with overseas.

Law enforcement agencies (LEA, for its abbreviation in English) will also source sources (related to NGOs) traveling in and out of the country over the past three years and its activities during and out of the country.

Note that the federal government has already rejected requests for up to 42 national and international non-governmental organizations seeking permission to work in Pakistan.

These moves made to withdraw control of the entry of foreign funds into the “gray list” of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF, its acronym in English).

Since then, government has stepped up its policy towards the apparent financing of terrorism (FT) and money laundering.

At the last meeting with the financial regulator, Pakistan’s measures against VT and money laundering were recognized.

However, the country must “do more” in this regard to come out of the “gray list”.

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