Session held to sensitize people about charity

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AHMAD NABI
KHYBER
A day long orientation session for non profit organizations held about Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Charities Act and also to meet the conditions of FATF here in Directorate of Social Welfare, Peshawar last day.
Officials of National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), Pakistan Peace Collective, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Social Welfare Department put light on latest updates of Charity Commission and NACTAs initiatives for peaceful Pakistan.
Score of Non Profit Organizations registered with Social & Industries departments took part in the event. Advisor to Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Foreign Investment Kashid Irshad was the chief guest of the program along with Charity Commissioner Mr. Muhammad Meraj , Director at NACTA Mr. Muhammad Shahzad , Director Social Welfare Mr. Habib Afridi and Campaign Manager at PPC Mr. Khurram Shahzad.
The experts including Khurram Shehzad,Habibullah Afridi,Muhammad Meraj and others sensitized the NPOs about new laws and current progress with the role of government and private organs for the development of Pakistan. They informed the house that the Government of Pakistan has started to regulate NPOs for better results and bringing transparency thus they are supposed to be streamlined for getting the desired goals which are vital for local peace and development.
They said that charity practices are part of our religion and it is our religious and moral responsibility but unfortunately 26 percent people are unaware of their donations and they can go to the wrong hands for negative activities in the country.
The directorate of social welfare is working under the KP charity commission and all NPOs are bound to ensure registration of their organizations as directed by the KP charity commission and Directorate of social welfare, they added.
They maintained that the commission is fully aware about queries and reservations of Non Profit Organizations and these challenges and issues will soon be sought out.
Muhammad Shehzad introduced NACTA and its tasks regarding peace building in the country. He emphasized NPOs to keep an eye on the new information of NACTA. He said that NACTA is also engaged in mass awareness drives to disseminate awareness regarding countering extremism.
He also said that NACTA is not only engaging local but national and international NPOs as well.
Advisor to Chief Minister KP on foreign Investment Mr. Kashif Irshad shared his thoughts about the need of this session and KP charities commission in his concluding remarks. He said that this act is for NPOs basically because the organizations which monitor money laundering and other activities can put Pakistan in blacklist and if we are able to streamline these things then obviously we can likely to exit the grey list.