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Cell to prepare database on human trafficking set up

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry has set up a Migration Management Cell to prepare a national database on human trafficking and for creating linkages between various ministries concerned, an official source said here on Sunday.

The Ministry of Interior is holding a conference in this connection in Islamabad on September 12, aimed at developing linkages between the ministries of interior; labour, manpower and overseas Pakistanis, foreign affairs and information and broadcasting, wherein all the stakeholders will be invited to participate.

Participants of the provincial governments and other related departments, including the home, labour, prosecution, police, social welfare and transport departments (Sindh/Balochistan), and the information department as well as agencies of the Ministry of Interior, including Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), the Passport & Immigration, and Civil Armed Forces would also attend the conference, the official said.

These linkages are necessary to enable the sharing of information and data on cases relating to human trafficking, smuggling and migration related matters, Deputy Secretary Interior and Head Migration Management Cell Amna Imran Khan said. She said the database would serve as a resource centre on these issues and would facilitate in generating awareness among the masses on the negative implications of travelling abroad through illegal means.

It would also provide credible information to counter damaging unsubstantiated and exaggerated figures relating to these issues quoted by international organisations for downgrading Pakistan’s status in the international arena, she said. Amna said it is indeed a big challenge and requires a combined effort of all the stakeholders to make a commitment to contribute in this endeavour by participating in the conference in a meaningful way.
Source: The News
Date:9/10/2007