Interpol SG calls on Rehman Malik
DUBAI: Interpol Secretary General (SG) Ronald K Noble called on Interior Minister Rehman Malik in Dubai on Sunday to discuss the regional security situation.
The interior minister appreciated the efforts being undertaken by Interpol under the leadership of Ronald Noble, due to which the organisation had enhanced database on criminals/terrorists.During the meeting, the interior minister briefed the Interpol SG about Pakistan's efforts in war against terrorism, emphasising that Pakistan had lost 36,000 innocent lives in the war on terror. Noble appreciated the sacrifices and efforts undertaken by the government of Pakistan while also inviting Malik to give his keynote address at the ministerial conference, to be held later this year in Rome, Italy, which Rehman accepted. “The Interpol feels that much work was to be done by the nations to break the nexus between the terrorists and drug barons and the growing tendency has been witnessed according to the statistics available with the Interpol. The Interpol also felt that terrorists' financing need to be curbed by the nations to make the world terrorism free and safe,” Noble said.
Malik also invited Noble to be the chief guest at Trans-national organised conference, particularly with reference to the drug proceeds financing for terrorism. He called upon the world community to come heavy on drug barons, as they were not only detrimental to society in terms of increase in youth addicts, but also contributing to increase in terrorist acts because of heavy financing by them. Malik also brought to the notice of Noble the difficulties being experienced in getting internet data for some of the service providers, to which the Interpol chief promised that Pakistan will be helped, especially for the data related to terrorists and threats to various citizens in the country. The interior minister also requested for help in getting Umar Farooq, presently living in Europe who is required in compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court. He said that the continued free movement of Umer Farooq had created a negative image of both Pakistan's law enforcement agencies and the world organization, keeping a track of fugitives under Red Notice.
The Interpol SG appreciated the efforts of the interior minister for his contribution against terrorists. He also accepted Malik’s invitation to visit Pakistan this year. online