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Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

and over­seas col­leges, hos­pi­tals and sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing re­search in­sti­tutes will fol­low ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions.

The law also re­moved a pro­vi­sion in the orig­i­nal draft that lim­ited of­fices on the Chi­nese main­land to one, and re­moved the five year op­er­a­tional limit on rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fices. The re­stric­tions on staff and vol­un­teers are re­moved but tougher rules have been im­posed on fi­nances in­clud­ing the source of fund­ing, ex­penses and rev­enue. Fi­nan­cial re­ports will be au­dited and pub­lished. The draft re­quired a per­mit if an over­seas NGO wanted to tem­po­rar­ily op­er­ate in the main­land. In the adopted law this has been changed to a com­pul­sory re­port with the reg­u­la­tor 15 days be­fore the pro­gramme be­gins. How­ever, their Chi­nese part­ners must ob­tain ap­proval.

Over­seas NGOs will be su­per­vised by po­lice and other cen­tral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment de­part­ments re­lated to the spe­cialty of the NGOs’ pro­grammes.

The law al­lows the po­lice to in­ter­view chief rep­re­sen­ta­tives and se­nior ex­ec­u­tives if they are sus­pected of break­ing the law. Po­lice can also ask the Chi­nese part­ners to ter­mi­nate a co­op­er­a­tion pro­gramme if it is con­sid­ered to un­der­mine state se­cu­rity. NGOs will have their regis­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates with­drawn if they are found steal­ing state se­crets, spread­ing ru­mors, spon­sor­ing po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties or any other ac­tiv­ity that harms state se­cu­rity and in­ter­est. Staff di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for the of­fences may face po­lice de­ten­tion or crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion. The NGOs that en­gage in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing any­thing that sub­verts the state or splits the na­tion, will be banned from op­er­at­ing on the main­land.— Xin­hua

LA­HORE: In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan with Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif on Fri­day. ( Story on Back Page)

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