Ministry of Interior issues rejection letters to International Non-Governmental Organisations

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DATE: 11 December 2017

A process to regulate the work of International Non-Governmental organisations implemented by the Ministry of Interior since October 2015 this week issued letters of rejection to a number of PHF member INGOs. These INGOs are working in Pakistan on a broad range of issues including education, health, food security, livelihoods opportunities, provision of water and human rights. In response PHF wrote to the Minister Ahsan Iqbal on 8th December requesting clarifications on a number of issues:

What is the process for filing an appeal with MOI under the INGO registration policy clause 7.2?

Will organisations be facilitated to continue operations and activities until their appeal has been decided or disposed?

PHF welcomes ongoing dialogue with the Ministry of Interior and transparency on the implementation of the INGO registration policy and appeals process.

PHF recognises and respects the full authority of the Government of Pakistan to vet, register, and monitor the service provision of international NGOs. Ultimately, our purpose is to work in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, through the Ministry of Interior to ensure that services and assistance reach those most in need.

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