Interior Minister meets British Home Secretary
Islamabad, November 14, 2016 (PPI-OT): Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met the British Home Secretary Ms. Amber Rudd here on Monday. The Interior Minister is on a three-day visit to London where he is holding meetings with senior British government dignitaries. The two leaders discussed a host of issues ranging from cooperation in counter-terrorism, illegal immigration, organized crimes, narcotics control, money laundering, and other issues of mutual interest. During the meeting, the Interior Minister also apprised his counterpart about new cyber crime legislation which would help the government for controlling cyber crimes.
He said that new cyber law would also help the state agencies in limiting hate material on the internet and address the issue of cyber terrorism. The Interior Minister observed that British Government’s technical support would-be quite useful for Pakistani institutions dealing with cyber terrorism. British Home Secretary while condemning recent terrorist incidents in Pakistan expressed her condolences over the loss of precious lives as a result of terrorists activities.
During the course of discussion, the British Home Secretary Ms. Amber Rudd underscored the importance of regular exchange of views on security cooperation and other areas. She said that she looks forward to visiting Pakistan to further enhance multifaceted cooperation existing between the two countries.
Recalling his excellent working relationship with her predecessor Ms. Theresa May, the then British Home Secretary and now the Prime Minister of United Kingdom, the Interior Minister observed that momentum created by Ms. May should be carried forward to forge stronger ties and mutually beneficial partnership in all fields.
He said that such high level visits serve as value addition to the efforts aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations and enhancing mutual cooperation. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan pointed that resilience of Pakistani people and continued efforts of its law enforcement agencies have significantly helped the state to establish its writ and improve law and order and peace in the country.
Comparing the law and order situation of 2013 with today’s Pakistan the Interior Minister said that present government remains fully committed to denying space to any desperate elements who target innocent citizens and disturb the peace of the country. The two sides also reviewed progress on various agreed areas of cooperation including security, counter-terrorism, capacity building of law enforcement agencies of Pakistan besides strengthening of Joint Intelligence Directorate by sharing of expertise and knowledge. Over the issue the organized crimes, the Interior Minister said that Pakistan looks towards UK for greater cooperation in dealing with organized crimes and fighting the menace of human and drug trafficking.
The Interior Minister also recounted successes Pakistan has achieved in dealing with the human traffickers. The Interior Minister informed his counterpart that thousands of human traffickers and fake travel agents and phony rackets were busted during countrywide campaign against this crime’s. Rudd welcomed continued cooperation between the two countries in the areas of counter-terrorism, organized crime, illegal immigration, human trafficking and anti-narcotics.
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