Pakistan signs declaration with UK to bring back ‘looted wealth’

Pakistan signs declaration with UK to bring back ‘looted wealth’

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Pakistan and United Kingdom on Monday agreed to join hands for justice and accountability in both countries as the British Home Secretary Sajid Javid arrived in Islamabad on Monday.

Addressing a joint press conference, Pakistan’s Law Minister Faroogh Nasim, special assistant to the Prime Minister on accountability, Shahzad Akbar and visiting dignitary Javid said Pakistan and the United Kingdom have decided to cooperate to curb crime in both countries.

About the role of his side over the agreement, Javid said they would appoint a special representative for the joint commission on accountability and justice.

He also lauded the efforts of Pakistani security forces to eliminate terrorism, saying that their action against terrorists is commendable. Javid said they acknowledged the fact that Pakistan has suffered a great deal due to terrorism.

He said the UK too was a target of terrorism, adding that his country would cooperate with Pakistan to eradicate the menace.

The British home secretary added that in his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan, the issue of money laundering was discussed.

During the news conference, the speakers were asked why the UK government did not hand over former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons Hassan and Hussain and former finance minister Ishaq Dar to Pakistan despite their red warrants being issued. To this, Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem said they did not discuss matters pertaining to any specific individual.

“The reason for signing the accord is the recovery of looted wealth currently stashed outside the country,” said Shahzad Akbar while addressing the conference.

He expressed that the agreement regarding the exchange of prisoners would be renewed adding that the impetus behind inking the agreement is to extend cooperation for curbing multiple crimes.