France Appreciates Pakistan’s Efforts against Human Trafficking: Ms. Martine Dorance

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: The French Ambassador to Pakistan Ms. Martine Dorance appreciated the efforts of Pakistan against human trafficking and counters terrorism and assured her country will continue to support Pakistan in this regard. She said that French government would adhere to Pakistani immigration laws while deporting any illegal migrant from the French soil back to Pakistan. French Envoy Ms. Martine Dorance expressed these views during a meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here in Islamabad on Tuesday at Punjab House.

Both Pakistan and France reaffirmed their commitment to work closely on matters pertaining to enhancing bilateral cooperation specifically in the area of security and immigration. According to a spokes man of Interior ministry Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on the occasion that a Joint Working Group of Pakistan and France should work on matters pertaining to speedy sharing of intelligence and information, resolving immigration issues, cementing cooperation in the areas security, counter-terrorism, and terrorism financing and curbing the movement of terrorists.

The Interior Minister said that cooperation mainly in the field of security and capacity building of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) was quintessential for fighting war against terrorism and militant mindset. “The more world gets together against terrorism, and extremism the more it will benefit,” remarked the Interior Minister.

It is worth mentioning that Pakistan has already signed a Convention on Cooperation this year with the French government for a training program of LEAs. The Convention between Pakistan and France spreading over three year is aimed at training of the LEAs. The cooperation with budget of 1.35 million euro covers training of Pakistani LEAs in forged documents, forensics, investigation, cyber crime, improvised explosive devices, and civil defence.

The French law enforcement personals would impart training to their counterparts in Pakistan under this cooperation. Commenting on the issue of deportees the Interior Minister observed that robust mechanism is already in place with precise SOPs and rules to deal with issues of human smuggling and movement of illegal migrants.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan informed the French ambassador that Pakistani investigation agencies are actively involved in curbing the menace of human trafficking and the campaign against human smuggling has yielded positive result.

The Writer is Editor Daily Online News Paper “The Fortress” can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com

 

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