Nonaudit of NGOs’ funds: SHC gives more time to federal law officer for comments

April 6, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Sindh High Court SHC has allowed federal law officer more time to furnish comments in response to a petition seeking audit of the accounts of NGOs operating in the province.

Petitioner Rana Faizul Hassan, representing a nongovernmental organisation, United Human Rights Commission, submitted that there is no any structure by which government can supervise the functions, budgets and expenditures of 45,000 nongovernment organisations operating throughout the country.

He stated before the court that there is no such uniform system in country to audit the accounts of the NGOs. He submitted that there was no information about the NGOs working in the country and what were their purpose and the source of their funds.

Citing a report presented before the president of Pakistan, he said that authorities had expressed doubts over the working of 51 NGOs in KhyberPakhtunkhuwa in which 19 belonged to America, 11 to Britain, 5 to Germany, 2 to Spain, 3 to Denmark, 7 to Saudi Arabia and one to Turkey.

He prayed to court to direct provincial authorities to put up a mechanism by which there should be audit of the NGOs’ funds and expenditures.

The division bench headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar adjourned hearing of case to May 25.