How To Register an NGO in Pakistan

Although there are many legal acts for registration of NGOs in Pakistan, two of them are most commonly used and will be discussed in detail here.

Types of NGOs/NPOs by Law

Before an NGO can start work, it must be registered with Governement of Pakistan. There are two types of NGOs and both have different registration procedures:-

  1. Registered under 'Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies' Ordinance 1961
  2. Registered under 'Socities Act of 1860'.

Area of Work under Societies Act

provincial social welfare government departments

Uncommon NGO types and their respective registration acts.

  1. Non-Profit Company (Under 'Companies Ordinance 1984')
  2. Cooperative Society (Under 'Co-operative Societies act 1925)


Registration Procedure for NGO - Societies Act