Gilgit - Baltistan

NGO AGHE decides to challenge cancellation of registration in court

Safdar Ali Safdar
Gilgit,26 March: The Gilgit-Baltistan administration has suspended registration of the Association of Global Humanists and Ethics (AGHE) Pakistan and directed the non-governmental organization to reply within a week as to why the registration certificate issued to them vide letter number JC-16/91/2005, dated 26th September 2005, the registration shall not be cancelled.

Assistant Commissioner Gilgit Abdul Shakoor explained in a letter to Syed Ejaz Shah the Chairman AHGE that their NGO is working with USAID without obtaining Non-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Home Department of Gilgit-Baltistan, which goes against the rules and laws.

Meanwhile, a notice was also issued to AHGE Pakistan on 25th February 2013 to show the legal status of the organization after which a photo of the registration certificate of AGHE was published in regional newspapers.

An official of AGHE informed that they have decided to challenge the suspension of registration in the court, seeking justice.

It is pertinent to note that AGHE is currently implementing an eighteen (18) months long USAID funded project, under the “Citizens’ Voice” programme, at a cost of USD 170,486.

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  1. Couldn’t understand, why this is happening with AGHE only, while there are several other NGOs which are working in Gilgit-Baltistan and funded by USAID. It might be because AGHE is working on political awareness and trying raise voice of the people for effective legislative governance……………….can anybody thelp us to understand……………………..what is going on in GB with the this Organization and why……………please share your comments………………………………….

  2. I think, to educate people about their rights and responsibility is not a bad thing especially in the Gilgit-Baltistan context where there is newly democratic government and governance system. So citizens must know how law enacted? What is legislators’ role for the effective legislation? How civil society can monitor law and policy making process to ensure participatory governance?

    If AGHE is doing that kind of job then it is fine? Why to stop it? By the way who want to stop it? The Establishment or the politicians? Who is behind the gun? Can any body help to understand the whole scenario?

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