In a bid to tighten its grip on the flow of money in and out of the country, the federal government has ordered a security audit of the local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the country.
The decision for the audit was taken during the recent National Security Council Meeting on Thursday.
The meeting decided to take actions against the NGOs involved in suspicious activities.
This action is part of the National Action Plan and would assist the country in controlling dubious cash flow and international funding.
During the security audit, previous records of the organizations as well as their activities will be closely checked.
As per the sources, the auditors will focus on the collaboration of NGOs working in Pakistan and their links with foreign countries.
Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) will also investigate the people (related to NGOs) that traveled in and out of the country in the last three years and their activities in this duration, sources added.
Note that the federal government has already turned down the applications of as many as 42 national and international NGOs seeking permission to operate in Pakistan.
These moves were made to tighten control over the inflow of foreign funding after being placed on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) ‘greylist.’
The government has, since then, toughened its policies towards apparent terror financing (TF) and money laundering.
In the latest meeting with the financial watchdog, Pakistan’s measures against TF and money laundering were recognized.
The country, however, has to ‘do more’ in this regard to get off the ‘grey list.’