Pakistan, UK  join hands to curb crimes, money laundering

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By Muhammad Luqman

United Kingdom and Pakistan have agreed to join hands for justice and accountability in both the countries, said visiting British Home Secretary, Sajid Javid.

“ We have discussed the possibilities of exchange of prisoners between Pakistan and UK during the meetings,” he said at a joint press conference with Pakistani minister for Law and Justice, Farogh Naseem in the capital Islamabad on Monday.

The British home secretary said he met Prime Minister Imran Khan, and spoke over the issue of money laundering.

He also lauded the efforts of Pakistani security forces to eliminate terrorism, saying that their action against terrorists is commendable.

Earlier in the day, the British home secretary also met Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and discussed various areas of regional and bilateral cooperation particularly regional security, counter-terrorism, organised crime, migration, human trafficking, money laundering, and asset recovery.

Qureshi emphasised the need to translate existing ties into a tangible and multi-faceted strategic partnership.

He appreciated the UK Department for International Development’s  contribution towards the development of socio-economic sectors in Pakistan.

The British home secretary conveyed his government’s desire to support and work closely with the new government in all areas of mutual interest.

The two countries closely cooperate under the institutional framework of the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue.

Law Minister, Faroogh Nasim expressed that the details regarding the deportation of former finance minister Ishaq Dar could not be made public as of now.

Also present at the news conference, Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem, while responding to a question regarding former finance minister Ishaq Dar’s repatriation said the agreement has a vast scope and is not drafted for a single person.

Earlier in the day, the British home secretary also met Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, during which the two sides discussed various areas of regional and bilateral cooperation particularly regional security, counter-terrorism, organised crime, migration, human trafficking, money laundering, and asset recovery.

Qureshi emphasised the need to translate existing ties into a tangible and multi-faceted strategic partnership.

He appreciated the UK Department for International Development’s  contribution towards the development of socio-economic sectors in Pakistan.

The British home secretary conveyed his government’s desire to support and work closely with the new government in all areas of mutual interest.

The two countries closely cooperate under the institutional framework of the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue.

According to BBC, Sajid Javid said that the UK wanted to sign an extradition treaty with Pakistan but refused to answer when asked about the cases against former finance minister Ishaq Dar and Nawaz Sharif’s sons wanted here on corruption charges.

“UK wants to work with the Pakistani government on “accountability,” he said.

 

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