A meeting of the Federal Cabinet was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Minister’s office here today.
The Cabinet considered and gave its approval for signing of the Council of Europe Convention on the transfer of sentenced persons. On attaining accession to this Convention, US Government will be requested under the relevant provisions for repatriation of Ms. Aafia Siddiqui presently undergoing imprisonment in the US Prison. The Prime Minister directed the Interior Minister to “fast track” the process of the signing of the Convention. The signing of the Convention would facilitate repatriation of Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan.
The Cabinet was apprised that the instances arise from time to time that Pakistani nationals sentenced to imprisonment by US Courts could not be brought back due to absence of any bilateral agreement or any convention to which both countries are signatories. Under US law, a person sentenced under federal law to a term of years may only be repatriated/transferred to country of origin/citizenship if the country in question is a signatory to a prisoner transfer treaty to which the United States is also a signatory. United States is a signatory to the Convention and Pakistan is not.
The Prime Minister took serious notice of the law and order situation in Karachi and directed the Interior Minister to make a comprehensive presentation in the next Cabinet meeting on the issue.
The Cabinet also gave its approval for signing of Inter Governmental Council Resolution to CASA-1000 Transmission Project between Pakistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Kyrgyz Republic. The Joint Working Group has prepared recommendations for development of the Project on the basis of Contractual Joint Venture and start negotiations on the standard terms and conditions in accordance with agreed commercial principles. Signing of the Resolution by the Federal Minister for Water & Power was approved by the Cabinet. The Inter-Governmental Council (IGC) consists of Ministers/Deputy Ministers of the four countries.
The Cabinet considered and gave its approval for signing of Protocol to increase security cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey. The objective of the Protocol is to increase the current security cooperation between the Police Organiz