ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said yesterday that only 19 international NGOs are legally working in Pakistan.

Talking to media in Islamabad on Monday evening after chairing a meeting at interior ministry, he said a clear policy has been formulated for the Exit Control List and nobody would be allowed to use it for personal enmity.

The minister said government has made the ECL very open and transparent. He said the ECL policy has been formulated for individual freedom and the rule of law. He said machine-readable passports will be issued from forty two cities by next month.

Earlier, the meeting was told that the process of registration of international NGOs was underway under the new policy and it was decided that Nadra and interior ministry would establish a hipline to get informed the INGOs about the whole process.

The meeting decided that INGOs which did not get themselves registered with the ministry within given deadline will be told to stop work in the country and visas of their employees will also be cancelled. The chair said that the ministry wanted to make online all the matters of INGOs with the government to being it more transparency.

So far the ministry has received 10 online applications from INGOs for registration while more than 100 of their representatives had registered themselves on its website.

The meeting also decided to expedite the process of formation of SOPs to remove discrepancies in the re-admission treaty with European Union. The ministry had recently suspended this treaty. It was decided that foreign missions would provide temporary travelling documents to the deported Pakistanis only with the permission of interior ministry.

The chair directed that 'online visa regime' should become operational in March 2016. Nisar said that purpose of enforcement of new ECL policy was to abolish discretionary powers of different agencies.

The minister directed Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) that there should not be more than 10 minutes suspension period of traffic in future in case of any traffic problem or during a visit to foreign dignitary in the capital.