July 1988 The Rabita al Alam Al Islami, a Saudi world wide charity
established a trust in cooperation with Government of Pakistan,
for the purpose of repatriation and rehabilitation of the Stranded
Pakistanis. The founders donated 50 million rupees and the government
of Pakistan provided 250 million rupees as her contribution. This
was just the starting point of the rehabilitation project. All were
prepared to raise much more funds if needed. About a thousand housing
units were built in Mian Chunno, Punjab. It must be said that the
population and politicians of Punjab have been, as usual very generous
and accomodating. Lands in many districts of Punjab were allocated
for the rehabilitation of this population. In 1992 about 325 persons
were repatriated and allotted 31 housing units. What use the remaining
units have been put to and their condition is not known.
There have been some minor changes to the trust,
after 9/11 the accounts have been audited by the Auditor General
of Pakistan as well as an independent firm of chartered accountants
and found to be in order. The balance of funds of the trust around
990 million rupees have been sitting in a bank account for the last
13 years. In other words the money, has been available, yet the
stateless particularly those in Bangladesh have been suffering untold
and interminable horrors.
WHEREAS about a quarter
of a million Pakistanis hereinafter called “The Stranded Pakistanis”
are still lying stranded in Bangladesh,
AND WHEREAS the Rabita al-Alam al-Islami (Muslim
World League), in accordance with its constitution and declared
policy of helping the distressed Muslims and in pursuance of the
resolution of its Constituent Council, has accepted the financial
responsibility for the transportation and rehabilitation of the
Stranded Pakistanis, hereinafter called the “Rehabilitation
AND WHEREAS to achieve this object of the Rehabilitation
Project, the Rabita al-Alam al-Islami hereinafter called the “Founder”,
with the consent and cooperation of the Government of Pakistan,
intends to establish a Trust,
AND WHEREAS the Trustees named hereinafter have
agreed to become the Trustees of the Trust,
NOW, THEREFORE, this Deed witnesseth as agreed
and declared and that the Founder and the Government of Pakistan
hereby deliver, transfer and make over to the Trustees sums hereby
deliver, transfer and make over to the Trustees sums of Rs 50 million
(Rupees fifty million) and Rs 250 million (Rupees two hundred and
fifty million) as their respective initial contributions, making
a total of Rs 300 million (Rupees three hundred million) to have
and hold the same subject to the powers hereinafter contained and
AND HEAD OFFICE OF THE TRUST
(a)The Trust shall be called the “Rabita Trust for Rehabilitation
of the Stranded Pakistanis”
(b)The Head Office of the Trust shall be located at Islamabad; provided
that regional offices of the Trust may also be established at such
other places within and outside Pakistan as may be determined by
the Board of Trustees.
2. AIMS AND OBJECTS OF THE TRUST
The aims and objects of the Trust shall be:
(a)To arrange for transportation and rehabilitation of the Stranded
Pakistanis from Bangladesh to Pakistan in such manner and through
such measures as the Board of Trustees may deem proper and feasible:
Provided that transportation and rehabilitation of stranded Pakistanis
will start as soon as an amount equivalent to half of the estimated
cost of the project has been collected.
(b)To arrange for the procurement of suitable sites and construction
of such residential units, mosques and other ancillary structures
and provision of amenities thereon, as may be considered appropriate
by the Board of Trustees for such purpose.
(c)To arrange for the maintenance of repatriates, for such period
and on such scale as may be deemed necessary by the Board.
(d)to render to the repatriates such advice and assistance as may
be deemed feasible and proper to enable them to become self-supporting
(e)To take all other steps considered necessary for or incidental
to their implementation of the Rehabilitation Project.
(a)There shall be a Board of Trustees, hereinafter called the “Board”,
initially consisting of twelve members, six from the Government
of Pakistan and six from the Founder. Provided that the Board may
add to its initial members up to four more Trustees, two from each
(b)The Board shall initially consist of the following members:-
General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq,
President of the Islamic
Republic of Pakistan
||H.R.H. Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz
||Dr Abdullah-Omar Naseef, Secretary-General of the Rabita
||Sahabzada Yaqub khan, Foreign Minister, Government of Pakistan
||Syed Amin Aqeel Attas,Assistant Secretary General
Rabita Al-Alam Al-Islami
||Mr. Hasan Zaheer,
Cabinet Secretary Government of Pakistan
|Deputy Director General cum Deputy Secretary General
|7. 8. & 9.
||Three members to be nominated by the Rabita Al-Alam Al-Islami.
||Dr. Mahbubul Haq, Minister for Commerce, Finance & Economic
and Planning & Development, Government of Pakistan.
||Malik Nasim Ahmed Aheer, Minister for Interior, Government
||Maulana Muhammad Zafar
(c)In case a vacancy
occurs in the Board on account of any of the reasons enumerated
in sub-clause (d) below or due to any other reason, the concerned
party i.e. the Rabita or the Government of Pakistan as the case
may be shall appoint appropriate person to fill the vacancy, keeping
in view the requirement of the parity of representation between
the Founder and the Government of Pakistan.
(d)Subject to provisions of the Trust Ace, 1882
(II of 1882), the office of a trustee shall be declared vacant by
the Board on the happening of any of the following events:
(ii)resignation in writing addressed to and accepted by the Board;
(iii)having been adjudicated insolvent;
(iv)becoming of unsound mind;
(v)becoming incapable to act as Trustee due to ill health;
(vi)conviction for an offense involving moral turpitude; and
(vii)engagement in activities harmful or inimical to the objects
of the trust.
(e)No act or proceeding of the Board shall be invalid by reason
only of the existence of a vacancy in its membership.
4. POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD
(a)The Board shall administer and manage The Trust.
(b)The Board shall take all policy decisions in respect thereof.
(c)The Board shall launch a fund-raising campaign and receive all
donations, gifts and other monetary contributions to meet the financial
liabilities in respect of the Rehabilitation Project.
(d)The Board shall own and posses all properties, movable and immovable,
cash, Government securities and shares of joint stock companies
and shall collect, realize and recover all incomes, gifts, donations,
bonuses and profits which shall be described as “Receipts”.
(e)The Board shall, out of the Receipts, pay and defray all costs,
charges and expenses incurred in respect of the implementation and
efficient functioning of the Rehabilitation Project.
(f)The Board may appoint a Project Director and such other staff
as it may deem necessary to ensure speedy and proper implementation
of the Rehabilitation Project. The Project Director shall be responsible
to the Director General-cum- Secretary-General.
(g)The Board shall have the power to spend and invest, in its discretion,
the Trust Fund in the purchase of lands, buildings, building material
and other articles and things considered necessary for the implementation
of the Rehabilitation Project.
5. MEETINGS OF THE BOARD
(a)The Board shall meet ordinarily at the head office,
at least four times in a calendar year, to consider and dispose
of all matters relating to the Trust: Provided that not more than
one hundred and twenty days shall elapse between one meeting and
(b)Meetings of the Board shall normally be
convened by the Secretary-General with the approval of the Chairman/Co-Chairman
by giving fourteen days clear notice in writing, to call such a
(c)An emergency meeting of the Board may be convened by the Secretary-General
with the approval of the Chairman/Co-Chairman of the Board whenever
deemed necessary, by giving three to seven days notice according
(d)A requisition meeting of the Board shall be convened by the Secretary-General
by giving fourteen days clear notice, whenever a requisition stating
the specific matter for which the meeting is required to be convened,
is received by the Secretary-General, duly signed by six or more
(e)All meetings of the Board shall be presided over by the Chairman
or, in his absence, by the Co-Chairman or a Vice- Chairman, or by
one of the Trustees elected from amongst themselves to preside over
(f)The decisions of the Board shall be expressed in terms of the
opinion of the majority of the Trustees present and voting.
(g)In case of equality of votes, the person presiding over the meeting,
shall have and exercise a casting vote.
FOR THE MEETING
Six Trustees shall constitute the quorum for the
meeting of the Board: Provided that at least three of them must
be from amongst the representatives of the Founder and at least
three from amongst the representatives of the Government of Pakistan.
7. MINUTES OF THE MEETING
Minutes of the proceedings of the meetings shall
be recorded and kept by the Secretary-General of the Board and shall
be signed by the person presiding over the meeting in a Minute Book
to be maintained for that purpose.
8. TRUST FUND
The Trust Fund shall consist of the following:
(a)The token sum of Rs 50 million initially made over to the Trustees
by the Founder.
(b)Such other sums as may be transferred to the Trust by the Founder
from time to time.
(c)The sum of Rs 250 million donated by the President of Pakistan
and the cost of land required for the accomplishment of the Rehabilitation
Project to be donated by the Government of Pakistan.
(d)Donations, gifts, grants and other amounts and properties received
by the Board from individuals, organizations, international agencies,
governments and others.
(e)Dividends, income, bonuses and profits accruing to the Trust.
9. EXEMPTION FROM INCOME TAX
All contributions made to the Trust shall be exempt
from income tax.
10. BANK ACCOUNT
All monies received by the Board on account of the
Trust shall be deposited and maintained in the name of the Trust
with and scheduled bank in Pakistan, provided that the Director
General and Deputy Director General may keep in hand a revolving
imprest within the respective ceilings as may be determined by the
Board to meet the day-to-day expenses. The account of the Trust
shall be operated jointly by two out of four Trustees authorized
by the Board who shall sign the cheques: Provided always that one
of the two signatories to all cheques shall be a Trustee representing
the Founder and the other signatory will be a Trustee representing
the Government of Pakistan. The Board shall have the annual statement
of Receipts and Expenditure of the Trust prepared and its accounts
audited by the Auditor General of Pakistan.
The Board may delegate such of its powers as it
may deem appropriate to any committee/sub committee that the Board
may set up for specific assignments or to any of its office bearers
or Trustees to ensure proper and efficient implementation of the
12. SEAL OF THE TRUST
There shall be a seal of the Trust, duly approved
by the Board, which shall be affixed to all documents executed in
relation to the Trust. The seal shall remain in the custody of the
13. POWER TO FRAME RULES AND REGULATIONS
The Board may frame rules and regulations for the
administration and management of the Trust and the implementation
of the Rehabilitation Project.
14. AMENDMENTS TO THE TRUST DEED
Amendments to the Trust Deed, within the framework
of, and not inconsistent with the aims and objects of the Trust,
may be made by a two-thirds majority of the total membership of
the Board: Provided that a notice in this behalf along with a copy
of the proposed amendment is duly furnished to the members of the
Board at least twenty days before the date of the meeting.
15. TERMINATION OF THE TRUST AND DISPOSAL
OF SURPLUS FUNDS
When, in the opinion of the Board, the Rehabilitation Project has
been completed, it may decide to wind up the Trust. The surplus
funds, after liquidation of debts and liabilities, if any, may be
diverted towards relief and welfare projects for other distressed
Provided that the decision for winding up as well as the diversion
of surplus funds is taken by the votes of at least two-thirds of
the total membership of the Board.
Signed at Islamabad on this 9th day of July, 1988/24th
day of Ziqaad, 1408 H.
SYED AMIN AQEEL ATTAS,
OF RABITA AL-ALAM AL-ISLAMI
MINISTER FOR COMMERCE, FINANCE & ECONOMIC
AFFAIRS AND PLANNING & DEVELOPMNENT,
GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN