SAPM Mirza Shahzad Akbar calls on UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid

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APP102-25 LONDON: October 25 - SAPM Mirza Shahzad Akbar with UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid. APP

LONDON, Oct 25 (APP):Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability (SAPM), Mirza Shahzad Akbar called on the British Home Secretary Sajid Javid here on Thursday and discussed issues of mutual interest and steps to curb money laundering as well as recovery of assets acquired through illegal means.
A statement of Pakistan High Commission issued here said that both sides discussed issues of
mutual interest, particularly those related to the provision of mutual legal assistance, extradition
requests, prisoner transfer agreement and steps to curb money laundering as well as recovery of assets
acquired through illegal means.
They also discussed matters pertaining to assistance and support on technical matters, analytical advice and skills capacity building.
Shahzad Akbar also held meetings with other representatives of the British Government, during
which he met Debbie Price, the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor of the International Justice & Organized
Crime Division and Philomena Creffield, Head of the UK Central Authority.
The two sides agreed on working in close cooperation at the operational level, having enhanced collaboration in the area of information sharing and reviewed progress on specific cases for extradition requests made to the British Government.
The SAPM also called on the British Prime Minister’s Anti Corruption Champion and Member of
Parliament John Penrose at Portcullis House and discussed strategies for making joint efforts in
curbing the menace of corruption and plugging existing loopholes at home and abroad.
Later on, Shahzad Akbar visited the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he was received by the UK Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan Gareth Bayley. Both sides discussed a wide range of bilateral issues and expressed their commitment to work closely together.
Bayley expressed the British Government’s firm commitment to support Pakistan in its resolve towards fighting corruption and carrying out the accountability process for justice to ensure transparency.