Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said that the registration of the International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) was critical vis-a-vis security of the state.

“Framing rules for the INGOs and registering them for the first time is a significant achievement which would bring transparency in the entire system of working of various INGOs in the country,” the minister said while chairing a high level meeting at Interior Ministry to finalise the process of registration of the INGOs.

The interior minister said, “This would also strengthen partnership between the government and the non-governmental sector putting this equation on solid foundation of trust and spirit to complement each other.”

The minister granted approval to 73 INGOs allowing them to operate in the country and undertake various socio-economic projects.

23 INGOs have been refused permission in view of their past performance and projects or due to certain activities falling outside their domain and stated purpose of their organization. Cases of 20 INGOs have been deferred and would be decided later on.

Nisar appreciated the efforts of INGO Committee of the Ministry and concerned National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) officials for their tireless efforts in completing the registration process which has taken place for the first time in the history of the country, said the minister.

Nisar also appreciated the role of INGOs towards making the registration process a success. He directed the ministry that, “Those INGOs who could not secure approval during the registration process should be given right to make appeal before the Ministry.”

It was decided that details of approved and non-approved INGOs along with their past projects would be placed on Ministry’s website after finalisation.

In another significant development regarding Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA's) efforts to arrest most wanted human traffickers, it was informed during the meeting that on the minister's directions FIA, with the help of Nadra, has developed a system for the processing of information received from multitude sources regarding the MWTs and has also put in place a mechanism for real-time information sharing with the relevant stakeholders and its field units.

It was informed that for the first time in the history of the organization, comprehensive SOPs have been formulated with technological support provided by Nadra to streamline and regulate efforts being made by the agency against the most wanted traffickers.

Besides, FIA is also preparing a database of all most wanted traffickers that would enable the agency to have the complete details of MWTs and take concrete steps for their arrests.

Moreover on minister's directions, FIA has established a dedicated Human Trafficker cell within the headquarters mandated to maintain and update database and coordinate with all relevant agencies including Nadra, IMPASS, FBR, PTA, State Bank of Pakistan and others.

It was further informed that FIA's Inter Agency Team has been constituted which would hold regular meeting after every two months to review the progress into the arrests of MWTs along with redressal of the issues.

The minister said, “After having completed the process of collecting information about MWT, all out efforts should be made to apprehend these criminal.”

He said, “The assistance from provincial governments, civil armed forces and other law enforcement agencies should also be sought in this regard to finish the agenda at hand. Red warrants should be issued against those most wanted traffickers who were out of the country.”