UK, Pakistan finalise negotiations on agreement for return of illegal migrants

City Reporter

The United Kingdom and Pakistan have finalised negotiations on the UK-Pakistan Readmissions Agreement, which will ensure the return of illegal migrants who have no lawful basis to remain in the country, the British High Commission Islamabad announced Friday.

British Permanent Home Secretary Matthew Rycroft, during a two-day visit to Pakistan, finalised the negotiations with Adviser to Prime Minister on Interior and Accountability Shahzad Akbar, as per the high commission’s statement.

It was decided that the agreement will be presented to Pakistan’s Federal Cabinet in the coming weeks to be implemented by the end of the year, subject to cabinet approval.

“The ground-breaking agreement will enable the sharing of criminal records between the UK and Pakistani authorities to support effective law enforcement cooperation between the two countries,” the statement read.

The British High Commission statement added that the UK is committed to working with Pakistan to develop an effective partnership on migration as part of a deep and mutually beneficial relationship.

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