It is difficult to estimate the exact number of NGOs working in Pakistan however as per UNDP publication 2001, roughly 8000 to 16000 registered NGOs are active. If non-registered NGOs are also considered then this number can be between 25,000 to 35,000. In June 2009, the Federal Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education Samina Khalid Ghurki informed the National Assembly in a written statement: “It is estimated that there are more than 100,000 NGOs working in the country. However, due to fragmented legal and regulatory framework, exact number of NGOs is not known.” She further said the ministry has developed a national NGO database to address the issue and that database contains details of 45,000 NGOs, which have been registered under different laws.(ANI, June 30,2010).
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