Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri. Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan
Pakistan rejects the inclusion of its name in the U.S. State Department’s “Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) List”
We categorically reject the unsubstantiated and baseless inclusion of Pakistan in the “Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) List” – published under a domestic U.S. legislation – in the U.S. State Department’s Annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2021.
Pakistan does not support any non-state armed group; nor any entity recruiting or using child soldiers. Pakistan’s efforts in fighting non-state armed groups including terrorist entities are well recognised. The inclusion of Pakistan in the “CSPA List” depicts a factual error and lack of understanding. No State institution was consulted by the U.S. prior to the publication of the report. Nor were any details provided of the basis on which the conclusion was reached.
Overall, on the issue of Trafficking in Persons, Pakistan is committed to fighting this scourge both at the national and international levels. We have taken a range of legislative and administrative actions in that regard during the last one year, including the approval of Rules under the domestic Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Acts; National Action Plan 2021-25 prepared jointly by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); and enhancement of capacity building and inter-agency cooperation of Law Enforcement Agencies involved in anti-human smuggling.
Pakistan has been voluntarily submitting information for the TIP Report to the U.S. Government since 2007 and has actively worked on implementing the practicable recommendations of these reports.
Pakistan calls upon the authorities concerned in the United States to review the baseless assertions made in the TIP Report, especially with regard to the unwarranted inclusion of Pakistan in the “CSPA List.” Pakistan also expects the sharing of “credible information” on cases involving Trafficking in Persons as well as on allegations pertaining to support to armed groups using child soldiers.
Pakistan’s views and perspective on the subject have been conveyed to the U.S. side. Pakistan would continue to remain engaged with the U.S. Government through bilateral channels for constructive dialogue on all issues of mutual interest.
02 July 2021
Prime Minister’s Office of Pakistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan received a telephone call from President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The two leaders exchanged views on Israel’s heinous attack during Ramazan on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the worshippers inside as well as on Gaza violating all norms of humanity and international law. They vowed to work together especially at the United Nations in jointly mobilizing the international community to help stop these attacks.
The leaders also agreed that the two Foreign Ministers would be working closely together to raise the Palestinian issue at international level.
The regional security situation also came under discussion between the two leaders. Appreciating Turkey’s role, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of a responsible withdrawal and added that Pakistan would continue to extend all possible support to the efforts for a political solution for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Both leaders discussed further strengthening of bilateral relations and agreed that the momentum of high-level exchanges between Pakistan and Turkey would continue.
The two leaders also exchanged greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr.
Pakistan Pm Imran Khan
Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the Ehsaas Kafaalat Payment site in Islamabad today to kick off payments to 7 million beneficiaries.
SAPM Dr. Sania Nishtar briefed the Prime Minister about the measures taken to improve payment quality, actions to fight cyber-attacks, and modalities to facilitate women to open digital savings wallets.
The Ehsaas Kafaalat payment will be made in phases. Phase-I has commenced today where payments would start for 4.3 million women. Each beneficiary will be paid Rs.12,000 covering the period Jul-Dec 2020. The beneficiaries can access banks and withdraw money from ATMs.
The Prime Minister has already given approval to increase the number of Ehsaas Kafaalat beneficiaries to 7 million women which means 7 million households will benefit.
Payments to additional beneficiaries will be made December 2020 onwards & the process will be completed in the current fiscal year.
Wideranging Ehsaas Kafaalat reforms have been introduced, including device restrictions, new safety protocols, electronic receipts, complaint resolution, real-time transaction reporting, alerts panels, and transparency dashboards.
Ehsaas One Woman One Account will enable access to secure & affordable transactions, payments, savings, credit & insurance. It will spur economic activity, improve delivery of benefits & innovative solutions for 7 million women!