The federal government rejected applications for registration of up to 42 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for security concerns.
The main intelligence agency in Pakistan has previously objected to suspicious activities of international NGOs operating in Pakistan, many of which have been banned in the country.
The Government Decide to Cancel Registration for 42 NGOs
In addition, the country limits its control over cash entering and leaving Pakistan after being placed on the Financial Financial Action Unit (FATF) list.
The requests were sent to the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The firm opens international NGOs bank accounts in the country and receives foreign funds.
The additional EAD secretary and official spokesman, Zulfiqar Haider, confirmed the news on Friday.
The decision was made by a committee that strictly follows the NGO registration policy,” he said.
This is the collective decision of the committee and not a particular department,” Haider added.
Pakistan changed its strategy after the FATF declared in February last year that the country’s anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regimes did not.
Any national organization wishing to obtain foreign funds for its projects must register with EAD. So far, there are 53 registered NGOs with the EAD.
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