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Pakistan assures UK of cooperation to probe Imran Farooq case

* Nisar tells Barton Pakistan will fulfil all international obligations as required under the law

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday assured UK government of full cooperation in Imran Farooq murder case
“Pakistan will fulfil all international obligations as required under the law,” Nisar told UK High Commissioner in Islamabad Philip Barton.
The Scotland Yard had recently published pictures of two suspects in the case and earlier in the year, the police had sought access to two suspects who had reportedly left the UK immediately after Imran Farooq was murdered.
Some reports suggested that both the suspects were arrested as they landed in Karachi, which Pakistani authorities had rejected claiming that that no record was available that these suspects had been taken into custody by police or any other civil law enforcement agencies.
Clarifying UK’s position, the high commissioner said that contrary to what was being propagated in certain sections of Pakistan, the UK government had no role in the investigation process of Imran Farooq case. He said that the courts and Metropolitan police in UK are independent in ongoing investigation and its scope.
Expressing views on bilateral relations between Pakistan and the UK, the minister said that both the countries enjoy special relations as a result of which mutual cooperation in different areas is getting stronger with the passage of time.
He praised the British government for hosting immigrants from Pakistan whose role is important in economic development of Pakistan.
The minister said that close Pakistan-UK relations can play very important role in the developing geo-political scenario of the region. Peace in Afghanistan is a key to peace in the entire region and Pakistan will continue to work closely with new Afghan government for establishing lasting peace in the region, he added.
The high commissioner praised the commitment of government in establishing peace in the region.
He said the UK is ready to provide all kind of support in implementing internal security policy of Pakistan.
He also highlighted the areas like counter-terrorism, counter human and drug trafficking where UK could play even more effective role by enhancing the capacity of civil armed forces by institutional support and specialised training.
Separately, Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch called on Chaudhry Nisar and discussed the overall political and security situation of the Balochistan province.
The minister appreciated the steps taken by the Balochistan government and law enforcing agencies in bringing about considerable improvement in overall security of the province.
He said that no major incident in Quetta has been reported for last many months.
The minister said that government is providing necessary resources for upgrading security apparatus especially in Balochistan.
He said that an exclusive meeting of heads of all civil armed forces, security agencies and IGs of all provinces including Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, was called at POF Wah and impressed upon them for patronizing state assets and institutions.
Nisar said the government will continue to provide necessary political and administrative support to the Balochistan government to ensure welfare of people and stability in the province.
Both sides agreed that this was the right time to activate the peace process with the militant groups in Balochistan.
The minister said that federal government is willing to assist the provincial government and reaching out to the groups which are estranged with federation of Pakistan.
The chief minister appreciated the federal government for its support to the provincial government and said that improved coordination between the provincial government and law enforcing agencies is proving effective in establishing peace in Balochistan. 

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