IM Shah says number of human trafficking cases is declining

By Staff Reporter
Friday – November 6, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The interior minister (IM) brigadier (retired) Ijaz Ahmed Shah said, Thursday, that Pakistan has taken effective measures for controlling illegal human trafficking, by establishing numerous new check-posts by frontier corps (FC), coast guards and by conducting intelligence based operations (IBOs) against those involved in the heinous crime, resulting in continuous decline in the number of cases.

According to a press release, this was stated by IM Shah during a meeting with Bosnia and Herzegovina security minister (SM) Selmo Cikotic, in the federal capital.

He said that Pakistan is cognisant of menace of illegal immigrants who also bring bad repute to the country.

IM Shah said that not only the incumbent is taking effective steps to control the illegal human trafficking but also creating economic opportunities in the country to eliminate root cause of the problem.

He said most of the cases of illegal immigration emerge out of search for better economic opportunities.

IM Shah urged that an illegal immigrant in most of the cases may be treated humanely since the sole objective remains the attainment of better economic opportunities.

He mentioned the prime minister’s (PM) special initiative to boost the housing and construction sector in the country which is getting momentum and creating job opportunities, as the availability of better economic opportunity will result in the return of illegal immigrants willingly.

Bosnia and Herzegovina SM Cikotic while expressing his gratitude to the warm welcome accorded to him by Pakistan said that the signing of agreement between the two countries on illegal immigration will further boost the existing brotherly relations between the two countries.

He agreed with IM Shah that such illegal immigrants must be treated humanely since they leave their countries mostly in search of better economic opportunities.

Bosnia and Herzegovina SM Cikotic said that Pakistan and Bosnia are bought together by circumstance and the Islamic bond, the Bosnian people and government rank Pakistan at the highest place due to the principled stance it had always taken on a number of issued relating to Bosnia.

He said that the Bosnian government is looking forward to learn from the experience of Pakistan in intelligence, policing and border management since Pakistan has successfully emerged out of challenges on internal and external fronts.

IM Shah assured his Bosnian counterpart of all kind of cooperation in this regard and appreciated the Bosnian government for visa free entry to Pakistani diplomatic and services passports.

Bosnia and Herzegovina SM Cikotic invited IM Shah for an official visit to Sarajevo, which will be worked out by both sides after normalisation of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) second wave situation.