ISLAMABAD - The federal government is devising a policy framework to regulate activities of non-governmental organisations and their Pakistani partners following Dr Shakeel Afridi's actions that facilitated the US forces to raid the OBL compound in Abbottabad.

Well-placed government sources told The Nation that work on the proposed policy framework had been expedited with a view that the entire NGO sector was regulated in such a manner that no NGO could dare violate Pakistani laws in future.

According to sources, a meeting at Economic Affairs Division chaired by Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid on October 22 discussed threadbare the situation as well as proposals to finalise the policy framework.

Sources said the meeting was attended by Economic Affairs Division Secretary Nargis Sethi and representatives of State Bank of Pakistan and Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. Representatives of European Union, USAID, UNDP, UNOCHA, Pakistan Humanitarian Forum and Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy also attended the meeting on special invitation.

"The government is seriously working on the policy framework, and for this purpose a committee constituted by the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has already done its spadework", a senior government official said.

Sources were of the view that the committee would soon finalise the draft framework for submission to the ECC for consideration and approval, adding that the committee would draft a bill in line with the policy framework for facilitation of development work by NGOs.

The government, sources said, wanted regulation of foreign contributions to non-governmental organisations was meant to facilitate the flow of foreign contribution to the development and humanitarian activities and to increase transparency.

The European Union, USAID, UNDP, UNOCHA, Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy and Pakistan Humanitarian Forum appreciated the initiative and the consultative process adopted by the government for preparation of the proposed framework. They also presented their views on the policy framework and the private member's bill.