SHC issues notice on petition seeking audit of NGOs’ funds

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Wednesday issued notice to Secretary law department, secretary interior ministry, director general federal audit, chief secretary Sindh and other respondents on petition seeking audit of the accounts of the NGOs operating in the province.

Petitioner Rana Faizul Hassan, representing nongovernmental organization, United Human Rights Commission cited federation of Pakistan through Secretary Law department, secretary interior ministry, director general federal audit, chief secretary Sindh, provincial law secretary, secretary social welfare department, provincial finance secretary and provincial assistant registrar as respondents.

He submitted that there is no any structure by which government supervises the functions, budgets and expenditures of 45000 nongovernment organizations operating in the country. He stated before the court that there is no such uniform system in country to audit the accounts of the NGOs.

Petitioner cited the report presented before the president of Pakistan, whereby he said that authorities had expressed doubts over the working of 51 NGOs in the KhyberPakhtunkhuwa, in which 19 belonged to America, 11 to Britain, 5 to Germany, 2 to Spain, 3 to Denmark, 7 to Saudi Arabia and one NGO to Turkey.

He said that it was also exposed in the report that foreigners working for such NGOs have been found engaged in activities contrary to public interest. He stated that before July 2008 there were 7000 NGOs registered in the Sindh province but now number of these NGOs has gone up to 17000.

He said that there does not exit any law which authorizes the government to monitor the funds being disbursed to NGOs and use of such funds by the NGOs. He said that government had decided to cancel the registration of 80 percent such NGOs and table bill in this regard in parliament; however, he added that till today no such efforts have been taken by government.

He prayed to court to direct the respondents to furnish the names of such NGOs that do not submit details of funds being given to them by government and detailed report about their performances.

Headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar, the division bench issued notice to the respondents as well as advocate general of Sindh.

The hearing of case was put off till March, 13.

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