Attitude of State towards civil society in Pakistan

The State is not clear about the role of Civil Society Organisations. State attitude is sometimes positive and sometimes very negative in Pakistan.


The State has enacted laws to regulate the functioning of NGOs, however as in other cases these laws are selectively applied usually the application of these laws is politically motivated. Despite having registration and regulation laws the state continuously subject NGO sector to be controlled through other laws and in some cases without any laws. Different state institutions have different perception of NGOs thus creating a confused mindset resulting in more control these organizations then to regulate and or facilitate. The NGOs ( right based, development oriented) are usually perceived as a threat to state., However when they work on charitable causes they are perceived as good NGOs


The Government has imposed some sanctions during the last few years especially during Earth Quake, Floods and Armed Conflict. The interference of Political Party Representatives, Army and District Government has increased. The Government officials have played an important role in making corrupt the Humanitarian support Organisations in Pakistan.

During the past decade there has been observed a significant shift in the relations between government and NGO sector, especially in KP and Baluchistan whereby NGOs are required to get clearance from the respective Corps headquarters, The criteria is not clear and the military is not bound to provide reasons for rejecting any applications. In FATA the NGOs has to go through the same procedure. NGOs are normally perceived as not promoting the local agenda rather they are perceived as promoting the western agenda / interests. Pakistan is ranked as the 4rth or 5th dangerous country for the aid workers on the basis of security.

Advocacy with Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Government and NGOs Coordination Committee


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan


NGOs/Government Committee meeting - August 18, 2008


First meeting of the NGOs/Government Committee held in the office of Sitara Ayaz, Minister Social Welfare and Women Development Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Peshawar. The meeting was attended by the following:


Minister Social Welfare and Women Development Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

Secretary Social Welfare and Women Development Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

Director Social Welfare and Women Development Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province


i. Prof. M.Ismail, Secretary Pakistan NGOs Forum

ii. Omar Javed (SUNGI), Coordinator SNI (Sarhad NGOs Ittehad)

iii. Shakeel Ahmad, Member Working Council SNI


Decisions:


a. The Committee will hold its meeting bi-monthly in the Social Welfare Directorate Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

b. The Process will be institutionalized to make it sustainable

c. The Committee will plan actions for promotion of Public Private Partnership in the Development Humanitarian and Welfare Sectors of the

     Province

d. The Committee will play its role for strengthening the Coordination between NGOs and Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

e. The Committee will support and share the responsibility with the Government in addressing the Natural /man-made Calamity in the 

     Province.

f. The Committee will advocate for proper representation of the Province in the National Bodies/organization working in the Development, 

    Humanitarian and Welfare Sectors.