Pakistan to stop child smuggling to ME: Rehman Malik

ISLAMABAD: Government of Pakistan is determined to stop at every cost the smuggling of the children used as camel Jockeys in camel race in UAE and other Middle East countries. This was stated by the Advisor on Interior to the Prime Minister Mr. A. Rehman Malik after his meeting with the Ambassador of UAE His Excellency Ali Muhammad Al-Shamsi here on Wednesday.

The Advisor appreciated the role of His Highness Khaleefa bin Al-Nahyaan the ruler of Dubai, Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Al-Nahyaan, and Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Al-Nahyaan in controlling this activity in UAE and with out their cooperation it was not possible to deal with this menace. The Advisor also appreciated the initiatives taken by the UAE government to rehabilitate the deprived children through rehabilitation Centers where they are properly treated and made active members of the civil society and repatriated to their countries for reuniting them with their families.

The Advisor also thanked the Ambassador for contributing an amount of $67000 US for endowment fund for the Child Protection and Welfare Bureau from the Government of UAE for the rehabilitation of child jockeys who were recovered from camel jockeys smugglers. Currently 48 such children are under treatment. Pakistan and UAE are brotherly countries and they have historic and traditional relations and the help and cooperation of people and the government of UAE during the earthquake in October 2005 is praise worthy.

In the present democratic dispensation in Pakistan the relations between these two Islamic countries will be strengthened further and this cooperation will be extended in every field, The Advisor added. The Advisor said that government of Pakistan is taking every possible step to stop this heinous crime and will take strict action against any government functionary and any other elements involved in this activity. The immigration authorities and other law enforcement agencies have been directed in this regard and no leniency will be shown in dealing with this crime. A special directive has been issued to the DG, FIA in this regard.-SANA

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