Pakistan rejects the inclusion of its name in CSPA list

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – July 6, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The foreign office (FO), on Friday (July 2), categorically rejected the unsubstantiated and baseless inclusion of Pakistan in the “Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) List” — published under a domestic United States (US) legislation — in the US state department’s annual trafficking in persons (TIP) report 2021.

According to a FO press release, Pakistan does not support any non-state armed group; nor any entity recruiting or using child soldiers.

Pakistan’s efforts in fighting non-state armed groups including terrorist entities are well recognised.

The inclusion of Pakistan in the “CSPA List” depicts a factual error and lack of understanding.

No State institution was consulted by the US prior to the publication of the report.

Nor were any details provided of the basis on which the conclusion was reached.

Overall, on the issue of TIP, Pakistan is committed to fighting this scourge both at the national and international levels.

We have taken a range of legislative and administrative actions in that regard during the last one year, including the approval of rules under the domestic TIP and smuggling of migrants acts; national action plan (NAP) 2021-25 prepared jointly by the federal investigation agency (FIA) and the United Nations (UN) office on drugs and crime (UNODC); and enhancement of capacity building and inter-agency cooperation of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) involved in anti-human smuggling.

Pakistan has been voluntarily submitting information for the TIP report to the US government since 2007 and has actively worked on implementing the practicable recommendations of these reports.

Pakistan calls upon the authorities concerned in the US to review the baseless assertions made in the TIP report, especially with regard to the unwarranted inclusion of Pakistan in the “CSPA List.”

Pakistan also expects the sharing of “credible information” on cases involving TIP as well as on allegations pertaining to support to armed groups using child soldiers.

Pakistan’s views and perspective on the subject have been conveyed to the US side.

Pakistan will continue to remain engaged with the US government through bilateral channels for constructive dialogue on all issues of mutual interest.