Islamabad, May 07, 2014 (PPI-OT): UK’s Minister for Modern Slavery and Organized Crime Ms. Karen Bradley called on Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here this afternoon. Talking to her the Minister said that relations between Pakistan and the UK have always been very good, reaching a new level of understanding under the current government.
While appreciating the British system of providing invisible security through use of technology, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan apprised the British Minister of the Safe City project under which about 2000 security cameras are being installed in Islamabad and parts of Rawalpindi to make the twin cities safer. He asked for Britain’s capacity support cooperation in the matter.
The Minister said Pakistan has recently formulated the country’s first ever National Internal Security Policy which entails many avenues of cooperation at institutional and technological levels between Pakistan and the UK. He said that under the current environment technology is the only way to ensure safety of the civilian population.
He particularly mentioned the capacity building of FIA and Anti-Narcotics Force personnel to better equip them in their fight against organized crime in a more efficient manner. The Minister said UK’s voice is heard attentively in Pakistan and the country has a very important role to play between the East and the West especially in the regional scenario emerging in the not too distant future.
He also said that a large number of Pakistanis living in the UK are a factor of close bonding between the two nations. Ms. Bradley said her Ministry is focusing on apprehending organized criminals involved in human and drug smuggling, transnational crime, prostitution and tax evasion. She said their target is not only to send these criminals to jail but also to deprive them of their ill-gotten wealth to the tax payers’ benefit.
She said her government would be happy to provide assistance to Pakistan to improve the capacity of its law enforcement agencies including providing better training opportunities as well as institutional support.
She appreciated the support of international community, particularly Pakistan in ensuring complete security of 2012 London Olympics. British High Commissioner to Pakistan Mr. Philip Barton was also present in the meeting.
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