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Regulating the NGOs... By Fazal

28 January, 2014

The issue of regulating NGOs has been on the cards for years now without any result. Most of the NGOs, barring a few exceptions, have always served their own interests and the interests of their benefactors more than the interests of the country and the communities they were supposed to serve. To make the NGOs viable and effective, they should be properly regulated and monitored.

The present government has also announced its decision to regulate the NGOs working in the country. As reported in the print media lately, the government has made it mandatory for all foreign-funded NGOs, local or foreign, to register themselves with the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) of the Government of Pakistan. Not only this, they have also been asked to declare their bank accounts as well as the names of the donors who provide financial support to them.

It is an undeniable fact that many foreign and local NGOs, barring a few exceptions, have been engaged in serving their own mandated (hidden) agendas more than the interests of Pakistan. In fact, many a times, they were found to be working against the interests of the country and the people. What is, therefore, important for the Government of Pakistan is to ensure that the rules and regulations recently framed by it to regulate the NGOs are implemented in letter and spirit. It should, under no circumstances, succumb to any pressure that is bound to come from vested groups in this regard.

M. FAZAL ELAHI
Islamabad

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