ISLAMABAD: Chief US diplomat for South Asian Affairs Alice Wells on Monday said that the issue of illegal Pakistani immigrants in the United States had seen significant progress.
“We appreciate the Pakistan government’s cooperation on the matter,” Wells said during a meeting with Interior Minister Brig (r) Ijaz Ahmad Shah, adding that her government intends to devise a foolproof system to deal with this issue in the future.
Elaborating on such a system, Brig Shah told her that a stronger system to verify travel documents, as well as one for monitoring international non-governmental organisations (INGOs), has already been created by the Pakistani government.
“The organisations that we have reservations about are given a chance to present their perspective,” he added.
The two sides also discussed Pakistan’s progress on matters raised by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). “It is heartening to see that Pakistan’s government has made significant progress on these matters and that too in a short time,” Wells said.
Wells arrived in Pakistan on January 19 for a three-day visit. The visit will be a part of her 10-day visit to the region during which she will travel to Sri Lanka, India, and Pakistan, from January 13-22.
“The US envoy will discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues, including shared interests in a free and open Indo-Pacific region that fosters prosperity, democracy, justice, and human rights,” according to a statement issued on Friday by the US State Department.