ISLAMABAD In quest of quick bucks and cheap publicity, some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are exploiting the floods scenario in pursuit of vested foreign agenda that aims at pushing Pakistan into North Waziristan military offensive. Investigations conducted by this newspaper reveal that dozens of NGOs are out to spread baseless information regarding the 'threat of militancy in flood affected areas. In addition, such NGOs have started a malicious campaign against the United Nations with their ulterior motives too obvious to comprehend. This scribe received several emails during the last few days by the representatives of some unknown NGOs that aim to create militancy hype in NWA. These NGOs claim to be US and UK based 'charity organisations, and are reportedly funded by both the aforesaid states. As part of their agenda, the NGOs are trying to 'establish the presence of landmines in the flood-hit areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Southern Punjab. Upon investigations, it was found out that majority of the aforementioned NGOs was not even registered with the Ministry of Social Welfare, which is a preliminary requirement for any NGO to operate in Pakistan. Also, there was not a single district or tehsil (sub-district) in the flooded region where the presence of landmines was detected. In Dera Ismail Khan, the floods damaged weaponry in large stocks but there were no verified reports if the same belonged to militants. The unauthorised use of weapons in cities like DI Khan by the locals is a longstanding practice that has nothing to do with militancy. During the start of this month, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) sought Request for Proposals from local and international NGOs interested in relief activities in the flood-hit areas. The Request for Proposals, a copy of which is available with TheNation, is a 23-page document to be filled by the applicant NGOs. Those NGOs who could not meet the desired criteria are now vilifying the UN by accusing the international body of failing to take up the 'militancy threat in flooded region and adopting a non-transparent process in scrutinising the humanitarian NGOs. The Guidelines of the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) for Pakistan have been developed by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), which includes not only United Nations agencies and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), but also NGOs. These guidelines follow the best practices of ERF guidelines worldwide, and can, therefore, be considered standard. OCHAs Spokesperson in Pakistan Maurizio Guiliano wrote in reply to this journalists email on the matter. Stacey Winston, another senior official at OCHA, Pakistan, said, We are answerable to the donors and to the people of Pakistan. We have to ensure the transparent procedures during the evaluation of NGOs, for the utilisation of funds in right direction. This vilification campaign is gaining momentum at a time when the US Special Envoy to the Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and General Petraeus-led NATO command are obsessively 'concerned over the resurgence of militancy in flood affected region.