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Convicted Child Sex Offender Arrested In Punjab Following A Joint UK And Pakistan Operation

In 2016, Hussain was convicted and sentenced in the UK to 19 years imprisonment for serious sexual offences against a child

Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain-child sex offender arrested in Punjab

Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain-child sex offender arrested in Punjab

Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain was arrested during a joint operation between the Federal Investigation Agency, the Punjab Police and the UK’s National Crime Agency, in Sangla City in Punjab on Saturday 26 January.

In 2016, Hussain was convicted and sentenced in the UK to 19 years imprisonment for serious sexual offences against a child. Hussain was found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of rape and one count of conspiracy to rape. This followed a long running Greater Manchester Police investigation – named Operation Doublet – which looked into the sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Rochdale.

Hussain fled to Pakistan during the trial, but was found guilty in absentia. The UK has been working closely with Pakistan’s authorities since 2017 to secure his arrest and extradition.

Hussain’s arrest is a further operational success for the UK-Pakistan justice and accountability partnership established during the British Home Secretary’s visit to Pakistan in September 2018. The partnership includes a renewed commitment to tackle the shared threats of organised crime and international criminality between our two countries.

British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew CMG said:

The arrest of this individual, who has been convicted of sexual offences by a British court, is a significant achievement, and another excellent example of UK-Pakistan cooperation in tackling international criminality and impunity. It sends a clear message that Pakistan is not a safe haven for international criminals.

I would like to thank the Federal Investigation Agency and the Punjab Police for their professionalism and dedication in the execution of this operation.

Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain’s case will now go to courts, who will decide whether to approve his extradition to the UK.

In October 2018, Shahid Mohammad, an individual wanted in connection with the murder of five children and three adults, was successfully extradited to the UK.

UK And Pakistan Sign Prisoner Transfer Agreement

A UK-Pakistan Prisoner Transfer Agreement was signed by the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew and Pakistan Interior Secretary Major (R) Azam Suleman Khan

The British High Commissioner Thomas Drew and Pakistan Interior Secretary Major (R) Azam Suleman Khan during the signing of UK-Pakistan Prisoner Transfer Agreement

The British High Commissioner Thomas Drew and Pakistan Interior Secretary Major (R) Azam Suleman Khan during the signing of UK-Pakistan Prisoner Transfer Agreement

The agreement will give prisoners the opportunity to serve their sentence closer to home and allows them to prepare for their reintegration into their home community when they are eventually released from prison. The agreement was approved in principle during the visit to Pakistan of British Home Secretary the Rt Hon. Sajid Javid MP in September.

It restores and updates a previous agreement between the UK and Pakistan, and also includes strengthened assurances to ensure all transferred prisoners serve the appropriate sentence before being released.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, British High Commissioner Thomas Drew said:

I am delighted to sign this updated prisoner transfer agreement today, which will allow prisoners to serve their sentence closer to home. This is a testament to the strength of our two countries’ relationship.

New Study Highlights “Massive” Economic Benefits Of Low-Income Housing In Pakistan

The new study called ‘Enhancing Builder Finance in Pakistan’, was launched at an event in Islamabad at the Marriott hotel

Joanna Reid, the head of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Pakistan speaking at the event

Joanna Reid, the head of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Pakistan speaking at the event

Investment in low-income housing would bring “massive” economic benefits to Pakistan, according to a new study published by Karandaaz Pakistan and funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID). The new study, ‘Enhancing Builder Finance in Pakistan’, was launched at an event in Islamabad at the Marriott hotel.

With this study, Karandaaz Pakistan aims to show the wide benefits of building more affordable housing, but also help boost the businesses of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that work on the building sector.

The study estimates that the construction of 100,000 more houses each year will lead to economic growth as well as increased employment opportunities. According to the study, Pakistan’s economy will benefit massively if affordable housing were to be increased. To achieve this, improvements should be made to the regulatory environment for builders and banks must be given sufficient incentives for mortgage and builder financing. The study can be found on Karandaaz website.

Joanna Reid, the head of UK’s Department for International Development Pakistan, said at the event:

Only the richest of companies can afford to build homes for the richest of people. Pakistan needs financing mechanisms to ensure everyone can have a roof over their head.

Speaking at the occasion, CEO Karandaaz, Mr Ali Sarfraz, said:

We hope that the study Karandaaz has conducted motivates members from the financial sector to take steps in making available financial products better suited to the needs and asset base of SME builders and developers and thereby catalyzing the availability of affordable housing for everyone in Pakistan.

Mr Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi, Chairman Prime Minister’s Task Force on Housing also participated in the event and said:

The stakeholders of housing, namely developer, planners, the Governments, fiscal and regulatory agencies all are needed to be engaged to address affordable housing challenges, both from its supply-side and finance-side parameters. The supply-side players, mainly the developers/builders need to be engaged for meeting this challenge of affordable housing. In turn, this will boost the economy, and create jobs.

Housing and real estate sector is directly linked to about 42 construction materials industries and creates jobs at much higher rate. I reckon that with the government’s focus and assistance from partners such as Karandaaz, the growth of SMEs in building and construction sector will bolster positive impact at the macro level. The state and the private sector should come forward to compliment and support efforts of platforms like Karandaaz.

The event was well-attended by representatives of the banking and building sectors, along with representatives from the government. Following a presentation by the author, Mr Ali Khizar, a discussion on the topic was held with a panel made up of Mr Hassan Bukshi, Chairman Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD); Mr Muhammad Raza Sayeed, Head Housing Finance (Islamic) at HBL; Mr Navid Goraya, CIO Karandaaz Pakistan; Mr Jawed Aslam, CEO and Founder Ansaar Management Company; and Mr Faisal Murad, Group Head from Housing Building Finance Company (HBFC).

The discussion highlighted the need for improvement in current regulatory environment, and factors such as the increases in property prices, rising costs of construction materials, a lack of documentation within the SME builder community and absence of collateral as deterrents to accessing formal financing.

Further Information

There are 40 to 50 allied industries associated with the construction and real estate sector, most of which are SMEs. The construction sector contributed 2.7 percent to Pakistan’s GDP in FY17, estimated to be 2.8 percent during FY18. With over 50 industries indirectly associated with the real estate construction sector, the overall economic impact is much higher

Karandaaz promotes access to finance for small businesses through commercially directed investments, and financial inclusion for individuals by employing technology-enabled digital solutions. Karandaaz also develops and disseminates evidence based insights and sector-based studies that can lead to greater financial inclusion, employment generation and SME growth.

Karandaaz Pakistan has financial and institutional support from leading international development finance institutions; the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

International Nongovernmental Organizations In Pakistan

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The United States recognizes the vital role that international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) play in Pakistan, in partnership with Pakistani institutions, on causes ranging from disaster response, to human and economic development, to promoting human rights and democratic values. These organizations, which also employ thousands of Pakistanis countrywide, share the government of Pakistan’s and the Pakistani people’s vision for a vibrant, healthy, democratic and prosperous country. We thank these organizations and their employees for their contributions to Pakistan’s development, and their unwavering commitment to improving the lives of ordinary Pakistani men, women and children throughout the country. In that context, the United States regrets that the government of Pakistan has required 18 INGOs, many of which have been working in Pakistan for many years, to close their operations in Pakistan. We encourage Pakistan to engage with all international partners who share their commitment to a bright future for Pakistan.

In Remembrance Of The Mumbai Attacks

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and all Americans, I express my solidarity with the people of India and the city of Mumbai on the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai terrorist attack. We stand with the families and friends of the victims, whose loved ones were lost in this act of barbarism, including six American citizens. The barbarity of 26/11 shocked the entire world.

It is an affront to the families of the victims that, after ten years, those who planned the Mumbai attack have still not been convicted for their involvement. We call upon all countries, particularly Pakistan, to uphold their UN Security Council obligations to implement sanctions against the terrorists responsible for this atrocity, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and its affiliates.

The United States is committed to seeing that those responsible for this attack face justice. The Department of State Rewards for Justice (RFJ) Program is offering a new reward for up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of any individual who was involved in planning or facilitating the 2008 Mumbai attack.

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