Islamabad, Jun 15: Pakistan too has decided that it has had enough of NGOs working against its interests. NGOs working against the culture and development of Pakistan have come under the scanner and as a first step the country has gone ahead and banned an orgainsation called Save the Children.
Paksitan has followed in India's footsteps where the issue of NGOs are concerned. It has found that several NGOs have been counter productive to the developments in the country and decided to take stringent action against them.
CIA's cover and the Bin Laden raid:
Pakistan's Intelligence agency had reported to the government that several NGOs were visiting the western regions in the country which were sensitive. The members of these NGOs did not have the permission to visit these areas and despite being warned went ahead, the report to the government also states.
It is alleged that Save the Children was used by the CIA as a cover to track the location of Bin Laden. The NGO is alleged to have undertaken a hepatitis B programme and had roped in a person by the name Shakil Afridi. He is said to have sent a team of people to Bin Laden's compound in Abottabad under the pretext of injecting the vaccine while the real intention was to collect DNA samples of the family members.
Pakistan has accused the CIA of infiltrating its agents through these NGOs. NGOs such as Save the Children are funded by the CIA and under the garb of humanitarian work they have been sending in their agents.
To make matters worse for the CIA, Afridi who had been tasked with collecting DNA samples of the Bin Laden family in Abottabad told investigators that he was called in by female CIA officers and briefed.
Afridi who was sentenced by Pakistan to 33 years of imprisonment said that there were a series of meetings which were held in secretive locations ahead of the Bin Laden raid.
Waking up to the CIA's game:
The CIA has been notorious in its infiltration programme. For long since the days of the World War II they have used NGOs to infiltrate their agents and also spread cultural terrorism in various countries.
Recently, India introduced a series of measures in a bid to check foreign funded NGOs acting counter productive to the country's development. Ford Foundation which has been accused of being funded by the CIA was one of the NGOs other than Greenpeace which came under the scanner.
Pakistan too has realized the game now and at a time when it has launched crack downs on terrorists working against it, these NGOs are bad news.
The CIA has been linked with NGOs several times in the past. In the year 1970 it had defended an allegation that it was infiltrating agents through the Peace Corps. In fact Peace Corps was accused of helping the CIA infiltrate agents into Nicaragua.
The other incident was with relation to the USAID. This body which claims to be working for international development has also come under the scanner of various countries for helping the CIA launch covert operations and also infiltrating agents.