Three Islamabad based non governmental organizations (NGOs) were stopped from working following the allegations of receiving foreign funding without official permission and for not maintaining proper documentation. The NGOs barred from working include Sahil, Rozan and Tameer-e-Millat Foundation following the allegations that these organizations were providing help and resources to underserved segments of society.
Last year federal government started campaign to steadily tightening the noose around NGOs following the complaints that some of these organizations were working to promote foreign interests in the country.
Incumbent government passed the statement that during the tenure of previous governments NGOs were given permission without proper investigation and procedure to work in the country. Several international NGOs were directly accused of being involved in activities hostile to the state.
There is no second thought when it comes to denying the fact that there are NGOs which have been used as vehicles for covert operations by foreign powers. Government initiated the registration of NGOs to work within the given parameters. Indeed the need for regulation is undeniable but process of regulation should be as transparent as possible.
All NGOs working in the country must be registered but in case of absence of documentation there should be first warning to the organization. If the same organization breeches the regulations once again then it should be shut down. It is also a fact that many NGOs are also working for the betterment of the society, such organizations should not be discouraged because there are no viable alternatives available to the essential services provided by them.
Govt should work in coordination with NGOs to improve registration mechanism.