Over 130 applications received for registration of INGOs, Senate told

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman Monday told the Senate that the ministry received 131 applications for registration of international Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) till last year.

Responding to a motion of Senator Farhatullah Babar, he said, 15 of them had been cleared while a high level committee was reviewing the issue, adding no INGO had been prevented from work.

He said the government was cognizant of its responsibility and no country could allow any INGO to influence syllabus of schools.

He said NGOs had been made bound to get registered and serve the people.

The minister said the NGOs were being registered and consultations with opposition would be made to make legislation in this with regard.

He wondered that the past governments remained silent despite the fact that there were negative reports about certain NGOs.

The House also adopted a resolution recommending that the government should increase the profit rates of National Saving Schemes particularly on those relating to pensioners and senior citizens.

The resolution was moved by Salahuddin Tirmizi and Muhammad Javed Abbasi.

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