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Karma: Charity, generosity, pity

By Ehtesham Anwar The first ever English proverb recited to me was to serve humanity, which really motivated an emerging brain being shaped to respond the society, giving an eternal strength to help others with positivity in the future. People and countries are annually categorized by their generosity shown to others despite their financial and…

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Disapproved INGOs allowed to work till final decision

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior Wednesday allowed disapproved International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) to continue work till final decision is taken on their appeals. Minister for Interior, Prof Ahsan Iqbal has issued order in this regard keeping in view present operational affairs of INGOs and country’s image at international level, a statement issued here said. It is mentioned…

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Pakistan orders George Soros foundation, other aid groups to close

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has told at least 10 foreign-funded aid groups to close, an umbrella agency said on Wednesday, including a charity founded by hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, the group said. Pakistan has toughened its stance towards domestic and international non-governmental groups in recent years, accusing some of using their work as a…

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The Tragedy of the Commons: Karachi

By Saman Siddiqui “The Tragedy of the Commons,” is one of the most powerful illustrations of the environmental problem. In 1968 Garrett Hardin wrote an article which claimed to show that many environmental problems are caused by a system of open access to commonly owned resources. This is known as an economic theory of a…

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Important details regarding KKF money laundering case come to the fore

KARACHI: Important details pertaining to the Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation money laundering case were obtained by SAMAA TV on Wednesday. According to details obtained, the names of those who were managing the joint accounts of the welfare organisation have been exposed. The signatures of PSP chief Syed Mustafa Kamal, MQM-Pakistan head Farooq Sattar and Deputy Mayor of…

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US to withhold up to $290 million in Egypt aid

WASHINGTON: The United States has decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, reported Reuters. The decision reflects a US desire to continue security cooperation…

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I didn’t want to be a hurdle in Zalmi owner’s vision, says Afridi

KARACHI: Shahid Afridi has disclosed the reasons why he parted ways with Peshawar Zalmi after the side won the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) this year. In an interview to a news channel, Afridi said that he did not want to be a hurdle in the changing vision of Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi….

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Trump bans federal funding for foreign NGOs that support abortion

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump signed a decree barring US federal funding for foreign NGOs that support abortion, relaunching a battle that has long divided Americans. “The president, it’s no secret, has made it very clear he’s a pro-life president. He wants to stand up for all Americans, including the unborn,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer…

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NGOs react to maid torture in Islamabad

NGOs and human right organizations have condemned alleged torture on a 10-year-old maid by a serving judge’s family in Islamabad. Watch this video…

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Turkey fires 15,000, shuts 375 NGOs in latest coup purge

ANKARA: Turkey on Tuesday dismissed over 15,000 state employees and ordered the closure of 375 associations within the state of emergency imposed after the July failed coup, in a purge that shows no sign of slowing. More than 100,000 people have already been suspended or sacked so far in a crackdown on those alleged to…

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Karachiites contribute in relief efforts

As major earthquake shook Pakistan, welfare organizations of Karachi have kicked off relief efforts for affectees, sending truckload of relief goods. Watch this report.

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Nisar announces new policy for NGOs

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said a warning has been issued to several international NGOs, revealing contours of a new policy with regard to non-governmental organizations operating in Pakistan. Speaking at a press conference, the minister said previously international organizations were not under the interior ministry. He said his ministry was…

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SC summons details of NGOs funding procedures

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the federation and all the four provinces to submit a detailed report about total number of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and its complete accounts along with their working procedures/routes of funding etc. The three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja heard the case regarding working and foreign funding…

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Nisar says regularization of NGOs on cards

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Monday said that government is working on bringing a law in the country for regularization of non-government organizations, Samaa reported. Speaking to media, Nisar said that government has stopped the NGOs from functioning which were violating the code of conduct. He added that government is trying to devise…

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Govt asks foreign aid groups to re-register to remain in country

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday announced that all international aid groups operating in the country must re-register themselves with authorities within three months as part of a wider crackdown that has involved sealing the offices of Save the Children. The decision, which will require the groups to undergo a fresh assessment by intelligence agencies before they…

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Sindh set to hand some state-run hospitals to NGOs

KARACHI: Modalities to transfer the management control of some government hospitals to reputable Non-government Organizations (NGOs) under the Public Private Partnership initiatives of Sindh Government were discussed at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah here on Friday.  According to a statement of the CM house, the idea of this scheme was…

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NGOs demand delay in proposed Gulf union

KUWAIT CITY: Liberal civil society groups in Gulf states called Monday on Saudi and Bahraini leaders to postpone plans to announce a union between them, saying such a step must be preceded by a referendum. “We urge the Saudi and Bahraini leaderships to review such a step and calculate the reactions of the two peoples,”…

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SBP seeks rigorous monitoring of NGOs’ accounts

Staff ReportKARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has directed banks to rigorously monitor the accounts maintained by charity and non-government organizations as a precautionary measure against terrorism in the country.The central bank directed all banks to ensure prior to opening an account that the resources of these charitable institutions will be utilized only on admissible…

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India PM blames foreign NGOs for anti-nuclear demos

NEW DEHLI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed US non-profit groups in an interview published Friday for whipping up anti-nuclear demonstrations that have stalled two new atomic plants. Singh told the American journal “Science” that “the atomic energy programme has got into difficulties because these NGOs, mostly I think based in the US, don't appreciate…

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Karachi lawyers’ strike against NGOs

Karachi lawyers’ go on strike against NGOs’ involvement, Mairaj Akhtar reports.

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NGOs term flood hit people’s condition ‘still horrible’

Staff Report KARACHI: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) termed the condition of the flood hit people still horrible even after the passage of 10 months, SAMAA reported on Tuesday. In a seminar, held in the Karachi Press Club, by an NGO HANDS, speakers said that there are still millions of the flood affected people living without proper…

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