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International NGOs to continue operating in Pakistan for six months: Nawaz Sharif

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired meeting on Tuesday which decided to permit Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to carry on their working in Pakistan under the orbit of relevant laws.

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It was decided that all International NGOs working across the country will continue to for a period of six months within specified areas of operation permitted by the concerned authorities. It also decided that all NGOs were needed to finish their process of fresh registration with the government within three months.

The guidelines which include processes and draft legislation for streamlining the work of the INGOs in Pakistan in the future would be provided by the Inter-Ministerial Committee under the administration of Tariq Fatemi.

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The committee will also suggest a watch and oversight system to make sure compliance with legislation laws in future.

Moreover, the move comes three days after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said a committee formulated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was operating on drafting new rules to set a system for operations of all such organizations.

He said that no NGO proceeding in opposition to country’s national interest would be permitted to continue operating in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, last week, concerned authorities in the federal capital sealed the offices of international NGO known as ‘Save the Children’, which has previously been charged with attachment with Central Intelligence Agency and Dr Shakeel Afridi in tracking down the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad.

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