Apprehensions voiced of shrinking space for NGOs behind facade of FATF

Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: “The FATF requirements to choke finances of banned organisations opened door for state to further strangulate civil society organisations instead of curbing activities of banned outfits under charity labels just like, behind the facade of a UN resolution, the fundamental rights of employees of national command authority were curbed”.

This has been stated by Senator Farhatullah Babar at a seminar on FATF in the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS).

During its recent visit the FATF delegation found Pakistan deficient in four areas namely supervision of anti money laundering law, illicit cross-border movement of currency, poor investigation and prosecution and non implementation of UNSC resolutions 1267 that also lists Hafiz Saeed, Farhatullah Babar said.

Despite parliament enacting the law the state has not moved to ban proscribed outfits from reappearing as is evident from the re-emerge of LeT under different names, he said.

We have to deal with the Mumbai mayhem which requires facing the truth, he added.

He said that pertinent facts about Mumbai attack were well known as a result of investigation. But Progress in the case has been stalled by dilatory tactics by the defendants, frequent change of trial judges, assassination of prosecutor, retracting from original testimony by some key witnesses, he said and asked why? The real issue is not enacting laws but implementation of laws and it required political will and coming out of the denial mode.

Farhatullah Babar said that it at all it was necessary to regulate NGOs it should be done through legislation instead of an arbitrary one liner executive order saying that state agencies had rejected their request.

Mr I A Rehman Secretary General HRCP, justice Chowhan chairman NCHR, Zafarullah khan Executive Director PIPS, Romona Khurshid Alam MNA, Senator Saif and M Iqbal DG NACTA also addressed the seminar.

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