ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court has sought reports from federal and provincial governments regarding the working of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the country.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja asked the governments to give details regarding the registration of NGOs as well as their supervision and the delivery of money to them.

The SC observed that both the federal and provincial governments have failed to inform the court about the procedure regarding the registration as well as supervision of NGOs. The court also inquired about the source of the NGOs’ funding. The bench warned if their replies could not be found satisfactory then it would summon chief secretaries and home secretaries in this matter.

The bench noticed this during the proceeding of a case related to bail of an accused involved in alleged fraud.

The accused was business partner with an NGO namely Baraan

On the last date of hearing, the bench kept the bail’s matter pending and sought report from KP and federal governments regarding the details of NGO namely ‘Baraan’.

Additional Advocate General KP while submitting report on Tuesday stated that the NGO is unregistered. Likewise, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sajjid Ilyas Bhatti submitted that a letter is written to the Governor State Bank, seeking details regarding the accounts of concerns NGO.

During the hearing, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked the newspapers are full with the reports and the ministers are giving statements on the same subject but in fact, nothing has been done regarding the regulation of NGOs. He expressed concerns that the federal and provincial governments are unaware that who has transferred Rs30 million in the account of NGO ‘Barran’. He said that the money is oxygen for NGOs and if their funding is stopped then these will be closed down. The hearing of the case is adjourned until July 1.