Pakistan, Italy to jointly work against drug trafficking, human smuggling

Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi meets his Italian counterpart Matteo Piantedosi in Rome.

ROME: Pakistan and Italy have agreed to jointly work to check drug trafficking and illegal migrant and human smuggling.

The decision on collaboration was made at a meeting between Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi and Italian Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi in Rome. Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Chaudhry Salik Hussain was also present.

Mr Naqvi told the Italian minister that steps had been taken at all levels to stop illegal entry of Pakistanis into Italy. A zero tolerance policy has been adopted against human trafficking and drug mafia, he added.

The Italian minister said his country was ready to extend all possible cooperation to Pakistan  to ensure border security and human and drug trafficking.

Speaking on the occasion, minister Salik Hussain said that Italy can benefit from the rich human resource available in Pakistan.

It may be mentioned here that a large number of Pakistani diaspora is present in Italy but many more people illegally enter that country from Pakistan with the help of human smugglers.

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