ISLAMABAD  – Ministry of National Harmony (MNH) has recommended for clamping of system of check on the role and scope of Non-Government Organisation (NGOs) working on the subject of human issues across the country.

“We have taken an initiative and recommended the concerned quarters to introduce some effective arrangement to monitor the working and scope of the NGOs in the country,” said Minister In-charge for MNH Dr Paul Bhatti while talking to APP here on Sunday.

Bhatti expressing concerns over the ongoing ‘unchecked’ activities of the NGOs said that though their role for improvement in various spheres of life is vital but in some areas their performance needed to be checked with the aim to improve their coordination with the MNH.

These recommendations are on the basis of the past experiences in the various sectors where mis-reporting of the facts especially about the incidents against minorities by certain NGOs have caused dent to the national repute in the international community. In the meantime, he said that the MNG has been making all out efforts to attract the international investors especially for the promotion of country’s cottage industry.

He said, “The Investor is being fascinated by introducing incentives thus giving boost to export of our home-made products directly to the international market.” The impetus to the production of cottage industry would not help directly earn foreign exchange for the country on one hand while on the other it will open vistas for employment on self-help basis or otherwise.

He said the country’s handicraft sector is still unexplored by the international market and if it was provided proper platform it will help strengthen the national economy subsequently improving the economic conditions of a common man.

Terming poverty and pathetic economic condition root cause for the extremism, Dr Paul said that the challenges in the sector have grown to alarming proportions thus the government has been giving priority to the improvement of the economic conditions of a common man.

He said that the National Minorities Day falling on Aug 11 would be observed with the main theme based on the philosophy of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for the promotion of tolerance, co-existence, forbearance and moderation amongst various social sectors.

“We will highlight the role of minorities in the development of the homeland in light of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s philosophy, defined in national flag with white colour for minorities.” He said a number of programmes would be organised to mark the occasion in more vibrant manner.

Recently held National Discourse on the holding of elections on Minority seats, he said, the largely attended daylong moot suggested that the dual electoral system for the non-Muslims should be invoked by the Election Commission of Pakistan. He said the existing system is more selection than election of a candidate against a minority seat. The moot was largely attended by the elite representing various minorities, including Justice (Retd) Bhagwan Das and elected representation form almost all the political parties of the country. Senators, MNAs and MPAs from all the four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK also attended the function and gave their viewpoint on various issues confronting the nation. They also were of the view to ponder ways for promotion of national harmony, through tolerance and moderation.