Dipl: (Pakistan, EU agree on verification, deportation procedures)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the European Union have agreed on procedures for verification, deportation and evidence sharing.

An understanding to this effect was reached at a meeting between the two sides in Brussels.

The European Union has assured to address reservations of Pakistan about the deportees. The mechanism developed by the Interior Ministry will be followed for confirmation of the deportees’ nationality and their return.

‘The European Union will also share evidence with Pakistan for deporting people on the basis of terrorism and other crimes. The European Union commended the steps taken by the interior ministry to check human trafficking.

It also agreed to share the evidence with Pakistan in cases where any deportee is accused of criminal and terrorist activity. Both sides expressed the resolve to enhance cooperation for managing current migration and security issues to take stronger action together to tackle the migration challenge.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has welcomed and appreciated European Union’s understanding of Pakistan’s concerns in the implementation of the EU Readmission Agreement.