ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court was informed Wednesday that the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) could not function due to shortage of funds and manpower.

A two-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja was hearing the cases of NGOs and the National Action Plan (NAP). The bench rejected the federation report on NACTA and questioned why after the lapse of eight months the Joint Intelligence Directorate (JID) could not be established. The court observed that they failed to understand why Rs2 billion for NACTA could not be approved?

National Coordinator National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) Hamid Khan informed the court that they were facing shortage of manpower and funds. He said the Authority needed Rs2 billion but was provided only Rs100 million. The NACTA coordinator told that there are 57 officers, 14 peons and 11 drivers and presently there are 30 departments are working in NACTA therefore it was unable to perform. He further told that 503 persons had to be recruited in NACTA from various departments and agencies. "The GHQ told us that as army is busy in the Zarb-e-Azb therefore could not provide services of army men," he added. He said after receiving required funds they would be in position to hire 503 persons. The court was informed that presently the budget of NACTA is Rs100 million, which is spent on the salaries of its employees. The NACTA could not coordinate to combat terrorism, unless it is provided the required Rs billion budget, Hamid told.

Deputy Attorney General Sajjid Illyas Bhatti informed in March that a summary was sent to the prime minister for Rs2 billion but the PM Secretariat had returned it with objections, adding on July 9 they again sent the summary to PM for allocation of Rs2 billion.

Justice Jawwad observed that there were 20 points of National Action Plan. One of them was to make NACTA functional but eight months have passed and still Joint Intelligence Directorate could not be established. The judge said the second point of NAP was to stop funding to terrorist organisations.

About NGOs, Sajid Bhatti, informed 127 international NGOs were working in the country but only 19 were registered. Justice Jawwad said that it was difficult to monitor NGOs when most of them were not registered. The DAG told that 259 persons apprehended involved in sending money to terrorist organisations through hawala hundi.

Additional Advocate General Punjab Razaq A Mirza informed that there were 49,000 NGOs and 16,000 madris operating in the province. He told that the government had registered cases against 48 NGOs, including Al-Rashid Trust and Jaish Muhammad which were getting foreign funding by registering the organisations with different names. He said the law enforcement officials also arrested people who were collecting money for these NGOs.

The advocate generals of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan accepted that they do not proper system of NGOs registration. The Sindh law officer informed that they could not get satisfactory reports regarding NGOs working in the province, as there was system of NGOs registration.

Justice Dost Muhammad observed that in European countries the sons and daughters of well-off families are joining the ISIS, therefore, the government has to be very careful regarding the source of NGOs funding. The court termed the provinces reports unsatisfactory and stated if the governments wanted to fight terror then the authorities must study the UK strategy on war against terrorism.

Secretary Law and Justice Commission Sarwar Khan informed the court that a huge amount transferred through money laundering was being used in illegal activities.

Justice Jawwad observed that the problem was that the provinces were not providing the baseline data so that the information could be shared. He said basic material is must to gauge the progress.

In pursuant to the order, the federation and all the provinces submitted reports about NGOs but could not provide the relevant material. Therefore the court directed the federal and the provincial governments to provide the reports to Law and Justice Commission that should contain detail of NGOs, its office-bearers, accounts, source of funding, expenses, and the details of their projects. The case was adjourned till Tuesday.