UK understands Pakistan’s concerns over Altaf: Rudd

Pakistan will continue to support regional peace, stability: PM

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said that the British government understands Pakistan’s concerns regarding MQM and the decision would be made as per the law and rules.
Pakistan and the United Kingdom had an extensive exchange of views on entire gamut of security related issues.
Addressing a joint press conference here on Tuesday after a meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan she said no one is above the law in Britain.
The two leaders discussed several matters of mutual importance including anti-terrorism, immigration, stability and bilateral terms.
Pakistan suffered the most in war of terror however, the security situation in the country has bettered in the last two years, she said. Pakistan’s economy is also growing consistently, The British Home Secretary stated that due to hard work by Government of Pakistan and its law enforcing agencies, there has been significant improvement in security across Pakistan over the last two years.
She said the United Kingdom has unique ties with Pakistan as two percent of its population traces their roots back to Pakistan. She referred to the challenge of terrorism, extremism and organized crime and said Pakistan has suffered the most from the scourge of terrorism. She said special envoy of the British Prime Minister on Counter Terrorism will be visiting Pakistan shortly to expand cooperation structured around Pakistan’s own National Action Plan.
Amber Rudd said Britain is providing assistance to make the new Islamabad International Airport safe and secure for travelers.
She added that Britain shares close ties with the people of Pakistan and expatriates residing in Britain. The British government wishes to continue partnership with Pakistan. The home secretary said it was her hope that the two countries would see more co-operation on extradition and mutual legal assistance to ensure there is no escape from justice in either country. The British Minister congratulated the people of Pakistan in advance for March 23, Resolution Day.
On the occasion, Chaudhry Nisar said that Pak-British relations go way back in time. He branded meeting with British counterpart a success and said that the two countries understood each other’s perspective in a better way. Nisar expressed hope that top British officials would continue to visit Pakistan.
An agreement was also signed regarding Pakistani immigrants illegally residing in Britain among discussion over other matters of importance.
Speaking in regard to aviation and border security, Rudd said Islamabad’s new airport will play an important role in the safe and secure movement of people between Pakistan and the UK.
Nisar added that during talks, the two leaders had decided to hold ministerial meetings on an annual basis to discuss matters ranging from security, counter-terrorism, narcotics, immigration and organised crime.
“Pakistan has consistently and historically had a very good relation with the UK,” Nisar said.

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