Pakistani women and children trafficked for sexual exploitation - UN

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) organized the second Public-Private Partnership Conference on Trafficking in Persons on April 17 in Islamabad – (Photo Courtesy – UNODC)
Updated 17 April 2019
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Pakistani women and children trafficked for sexual exploitation - UN

  • UN agency, FIA hold second annual conference on trafficking in persons
  • Summit emphasizes need to take all stakeholders from public and private sectors onboard to fight trafficking

ISLAMABAD: Women and children in Pakistan are trafficked for sexual exploitation, sometimes in the form of forced marriages, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Wednesday after the conclusion of a conference on trafficking in persons.

UNODC, with the support of the United States Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, organized the second Public-Private Partnership Conference on Trafficking in Persons in collaboration with Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
The aim of the conference is to enhance collaboration among key government stakeholders and the private sector, including civil society, non-governmental organizations, and private corporations.
“To help minimize trafficking in persons, UNODC and FIA have been working in close collaboration for many years,” the UN agency said in a statement. “As partners both UNODC and FIA realize it is important to take all stakeholders, from both public and private sectors, onboard to fight trafficking.”
In a 2018 report, the US Department of State had said Pakistan was taking insufficient measures against trafficking, including weak prosecution and lack of action against influential persons.
In his opening remarks at Wednesday’s conference, FIA Additional Director General Immigration Ahmed Mukkarram appreciated the efforts of UNODC and the assistance provided by the US Department of State to combat trafficking.
“It is with these efforts that the law against Trafficking in Persons has been enacted in Pakistan,” the UN statement said quoting Mukkarram who added that such engagement helped improve communication and raised awareness.
“Partnership between governments and the private sector in preventing and fighting all forms of trafficking in persons has become the need of the hour,” said Davor Raus, a crime officer at UNODC in Vienna. “It is with collective efforts that we can defeat the menace and make the world a safer place.”
Naveed Ahmad Shinwari, a UNODC consultant, pointed out the lack of coordination between the government, civil society, and the private sector in combating trafficking in persons.
“Every sector is making efforts to fight this menace, but no coordination exists between relevant stakeholders to address this issue holistically,” Shinwari said.
Samantha Novick and Andrea Balint at the US State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons also participated in the conference and said UNODC and FIA looked forward to addressing trafficking in persons in a collaborative way, and facilitating stakeholders to address gaps in policy and its implementation.


Pakistani naval chief, UAE counterpart discuss maritime cooperation in Dubai

Updated 22 July 2019
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Pakistani naval chief, UAE counterpart discuss maritime cooperation in Dubai

  • Pakistan’s navy chief also met with the UAE army chief for talks
  • Admiral Abbasi will visit UAE Navy Units

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, held a meeting with the United Arab Emirates Navy chief and discussed cooperation in maritime affairs at Dubai Naval Headquarters on an official visit to the UAE, Pakistan Navy media wing said on Monday.
On Sunday, Admiral Abbasi held talks with UAE army chief and under-secretary of the defence ministry.
“On the second leg of visit he (Admiral Abbasi) will visit different units of UAE Navy,” Pakistan Navy said and added that the visit would “improve bilateral ties specially in the file of maritime affairs.”
Pakistan and UAE navies have maintained close relations over the decades and Pakistan Navy collaborates with its UAE counterparts on various professional issues including training exercises, provision of trained manpower and port visits by fleet units in line with their long-standing collaboration.
In February, a Pakistan Navy flotilla comprising navy ships TARIQ and HIMMAT visited Abu Dhabi to participate in a leading trade show, the International Defence Exhibition/ Naval Defence Exhibition.
In the same month, both navies conducted bilateral exercises aimed at enhancing interoperability between them.
“During two days exercise, a number of evolutions pertaining to Maritime Security Operations, Search and Rescue, maneuvering drills, Maritime Infrastructure Protection, Communication, and Warfare related exercise were undertaken,” Pakistan Navy had said after the joint exercise.