Pakistan and the UK recently reconfirmed their commitment to work together on global security and tackle the issue of terrorism and extremism in South Asia. During a bilateral consultation, Interior Minister Rehman Malik met with UK Home Secretary Theresa May, where the two discussed diplomatic efforts and counter-terrorism policies in efforts to sustain a broad-based strategic partnership. At the meeting, Secretary May reaffirmed UK’S support for Pakistan’s military and its strong institutions.
The Enhanced Dialogue program launched by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, during his visit in April earlier this year, highlighted the UK’S commitment to Pakistan and its increased interest in the stability of the Af-pak region. The ongoing dialogue aims to enhance understanding, confidence and respect between not only the governments of the two sovereign nations but also between the people of both countries.
Apart from discussing the strategic relationship, the recent meeting aimed to draw attention to mutual spheres of influence and interest that included trade, cultural cooperation, energy and power, economic stability and educational initiatives.
Malik and May also spoke in depth about people-topeople interaction and Pakistan’s Interior Minister asked for UK’S cooperation in other sectors such as the rehabilitation and support for victims of terrorism and domestic abuse. The two sides also established a Migration Joint Working Group that will bring experts from both sides to monitor and discuss issues related to migration including visa issues, illegal human trafficking, border controls and broad migration policies, amongst other things. The UK will also assist Pakistan in meeting the requirements of the EU aviation security regulations.