Stringent laws worked out for NGOs involved in anti state activities

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ISLAMABAD: Government has worked out more stringent laws against NGOs involved in anti state activities.

According to new law NGOs which will be found working beyond their agenda and providing false information will have to face prison term ranging between 3 to 5 years and fine will also be imposed on them. Any NGO if found involved in anti state activities will be proceeded against under counter terrorism act and their assets will also be confiscated.

According to an official document from interior ministry, as many as 470 NGOs were dissolved this year for not providing correct information and for working beyond their agenda. Notices to 292 NGOs were issued whereby details about their accounts, money spent on different project and sources of acquisition of funds have been sought from them.

Interior ministry sources said that NGOs which fail to furnish correct information will be dissolved.

It has also been learnt that Interior ministry has got compiled a report from intelligence agencies with reference to board of directors of NGOs so that it could face no difficulty in taking action.

Interior ministry has worked out a draft law for improvement in the working of NGOs. According to this law Board members of NGOs found involved in collecting funds through false statements will be liable to undergo jail terms and will also be fined.

Presently 1482 NGOs are registered, 1012 among them are functional while 472 have been dissolved and final notices have been issued to 292 NGOs.

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