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UNODC, FIA to enhance collaboration to combat trafficking in persons



ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Federal Investigation Agency on Wednesday organized a conference to enhance collaboration among key government stakeholders and the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations and private corporations to combat trafficking in persons.

Additional Director General Immigration FIA Ahmed Mukkarram in the opening remarks appreciated the efforts of UNODC and assistance provided by the US department of State.

He said, “it is with these efforts that the law against trafficking in persons had been enacted in Pakistan.”

Ahmed Mukkarram said, “Such engagement helps improve communication and raise awareness of relevant stakeholders on the issue. It helps recognize the victims and enhances delivery of services for the protection of victims of trafficking in persons and broadens access to available protection services.”

Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer UNODC Vienna Davor Raus expressed his appreciation of the participating stakeholders. He emphasized the importance of public-private partnership and said, “Partnership between governments and the private sector in preventing and fighting all forms of trafficking in persons has become the need of the hour.”

He added, “With collective efforts, we can defeat the menace and make the world a safer place”.

He said that UNODC looks to civil society and private sector organizations to contribute for raising awareness to prevent trafficking in persons”.

The UNODC Pakistan office has been assisting the government of Pakistan for over 35 years with the objective of assistance in overcoming common challenges and in meeting international obligations.


PM Imran ‘working as ghost employee’: Bilawal



ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto called Prime Minister Imran Khan ‘ghost employee’ of the National Assembly.

“If the National Assembly session is so expensive then we expect the leader of the house to be present”,” Bhutto said.

He asserted that PM takes salary and acts as a ghost employee of the house. He also said that Imran Khan should attend every meeting and be answerable.

PPP chairman clarified that government protested yesterday not PPP as protesting is the work of opposition.

Bilawal said: “Opposition thumps the desk if I deliver a speech in English and they scream when I talk in Urdu.”

Bilawal further claimed that government has appointed controversial people in the cabinet. “We believe that it is in the benefit of Pakistan and the government that those individuals who are controversial and have links with outlawed organizations should be dismissed.”

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Saudi assistance defence minister meets COAS, discusses security cooperation



RAWALPINDI: Saudi Arabia’s Assistance Minister of Defence Muhammad Bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh called on Chief or Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters on Tuesday, said Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The military’s media wing said that During the meeting views were exchanged on issues of mutual interest including defence and security cooperation between both the countries.

They also discussed the overall regional security situation, read the statement.

Earlier, Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on February 18, had met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and discussed the matters of mutual interest.

During the meeting, the two dignitaries had also discussed the ongoing cooperation between the two countries in the fields of defense. They had also discussed the military training collaboration in the meeting.

It is pertinent to mention here that the role of Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa in furthering ties between the two countries was an important driving force.

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PTI committed for making corruption-free Pakistan: Nadeem Afzal



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ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson to Prime Minister, Nadeem Afzal Chan Tuesday said every corrupt politician including top bigwigs had to give answer of corruption as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government was committed for making corruption-free Pakistan.

The corruption would not be tolerated and that transparency and rule of law would prevail in Naya Pakistan , he said during an interview .

Opposition raising questions towards Imran Khan should themselves give answer to public about their own involvement in record corruption cases, he criticized.

“After Quaid-e-Azam, we have a leader who is sincere, honest, dedicated and handwork. No one can point out Imran Khan that he is involved in corruption”, he added.

“No corrupt person will be let go,” he said, adding, present government was elected by the nation on the promise that PTI will “put the corrupt people in jails”.

The country had no future until and unless corruption was rooted out, he added.

Nadeem Afzal said reshuffling in the cabinet was a good step of the Prime Minister Imran Khan after reviewing the performance and it was the right of the PM to bring change within the cabinet.

He also hoped that the reshuffling in the cabinet would have positive impact on overall situation in the country.

Replying to a Question , he said former finance minister Asad Umar had no corruption charges and he did hard work for improving economic situation .

He said the PTI government, under dynamic leadership of Imran Khan was committed to streamline the system as national economy was improving.

Pakistan would rise under the leadership of Imran Khan in the coming months, he added.

“PTI has an agenda for efficient, transparent and free corruption governance and will weed out corruption because the poor is the end victim of corruption and injustices. Prime Minister is making sincere efforts to bring the culprits into Justice who have been involved in the menace of corruption,” he said.







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