Regularisation: Interior ministry orders NGOs, seminaries to submit audit data

The interior ministry informed the Supreme Court on Thursday that the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) had issued notices to 1,427 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and religious seminaries to submit details of their annual audit account, yearly reports, projects, etc.

The Express Tribune

On July 3 a three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, had sought a comprehensive report on the ICT’s measures to regularise NGOs in accordance with the National Action Plan (NAP).

The court said that no meaningful steps had been taken either in respect of NAP’s item number six (choking funds for terrorists and terrorist organisations) or item number four (strengthening and activation of the National Counterterrorism Authority, or Nacta). The hearing will resume on July 22.

The federal government told the court that Rs100.34 million were allocated for Nacta in the budget for the fiscal 2015-16 and an additional Rs1.95 billion were sought for setting up a joint intelligence directorate.

Informing the bench that approximately 30,000 NGOs were operating across the country, the interior ministry said in its report that most of these organisations were doing a commendable job of delivering various services to the citizens in the areas where the state had been lacking.

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