Eliminating poverty, illiteracy vital to curb human trafficking

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Workshop on Human Trafficking

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra on Sunday stressed to curb practices of human trafficking by overcoming various social problems like poverty and illiteracy. Addressing the concluding ceremony of 3rd International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) Workshop on Human Trafficking at local hotel, he said that poverty and illiteracy lead towards problems like human trafficking and it is necessary to tackle all social ills through collective efforts. Leaders and representatives of 18 political parties of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine and Turkey, participated in the 3rd ICAPP workshop on Human Trafficking convened here from March 11 to March 13,2016.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said that it is collective responsibility to tackle human trafficking with greater cooperation among various countries. Our collective goal must be ensuring efficient governance and create awareness to tackle this menace, he added.
He also explained the other causes behind human trafficking and hoped for defining effective parameters in this international conference to control this menace. He said that present government has taken several measures to prohibit human trafficking and efforts would remain continue till its complete eradication. Governor KPK appreciated the efforts of organizers of this conference. He hoped for concrete future strategy to eradicate this serious crime after discussion among the participants.
All participants would have been benefitted through this conference and positive change would be ensured back into their respective countries, he added. Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto also congratulated the organizers for managing and hosting this conference in Pakistan. He said that his mother Benazir Bhutto was founding member of this organization (ICAPP) and stressed the need to develop consensus for facing challenges of new world.
He said that issues have moved beyond the control of states alone and it is the time to forge unity and create consensus to face challenges of new world . Various political parties including PML-N, PPP,PTI and PML-Q co-hosted this workshop and Mr.Bilawal Bhutto urged to forge unity among all parties to confront challenges.
In the end, the conference adopted Islamabad Statement on Human Trafficking and emphasized for coordinated efforts among all stakeholders to deliver a comprehensive and balanced resolution to this trans-border challenge. All participants from various 18 political parties of various countries were urged for awareness-raising activities with the help of the business castor and the media in their respective countries. It was stressed in Islamabad Statement to ensure empowerment of people, especially women and children, who are common targets of trafficking, through education and vocational training.

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