LAHORE: South Asia Partnership Pakistan, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) has been stopped from operating in Layyah district of Punjab due to its ‘anti-state agenda’.
“It has been informed by the Ministry of Interior, Islamabad that reportedly South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK) has been observed working in south Punjab pursuing anti-state agenda alleging armed forces/LEAs for harassment of workers and curtailing freedom of action of NGOs/INGOs,” said a notification issued by District officer Social welfare and Bait ul Maal, Layyah.
“Towards this purpose the NGO prepared a shadow report of sharing with UN Human Rights Commission presenting a very bleak picture of human rights situation in Pakistan forgetting directly the measures taken in context of NAP and operation Zarb-e-Azab,” the government letter said.
Through the notification, the NGO has been barred from working in district Layyah.
South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK) is the only South Asian NGO working in Pakistan. – Samaa
Story first published: 20th January 2017