In Pakistan NGO’s can be registered under various statutes, for instance Companies Ordinance 1984, Societies Registration Act 1860, Voluntary Social Welfare Ordinance 1961 and Trust Act, 1882.
Under Companies Ordinance 1984:
Section 42 of Companies Ordinance allows a company may be incorporated for objectives such as Culture, Religion, Charity, Sport, Education, Commerce, Arts and any other. The company incortorated under section 42 is not required to add word of “Limited” or “ Private Limited”.
Under Societies Registration Act 1860:
Usually associations, clubs, societies are all registered under this. Fine Arts, Science, Museums, Libraries, educational endeavors, think tanks etc may all be registered under these.
Voluntary Social Welfare Organizations Ordinance 1961:
The welfare of the disadvantaged members of society women, children, oppressed religious and ethnic minorities and other backward classes of people , delinquents, handicapped people, beggars, destitute and poor, senior citizens, socially handicapped people or for parents education, social welfare in general etc should get registered.
Trusts Act 1882:
Public Charitable Trusts may be formed under this by executing a trust deed, under Trust Act 1882.