Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi met with Canadian High Commissioner Leslie Scanlon at the Ministry of Interior on Friday.

During the meeting, issues of mutual interest and bilateral relations were discussed in detail. Discussion revolved around border security, immigration and curbing illegal human trafficking and drugs trafficking.

While talking to the Canadian High Commissioner, Naqvi said that Pakistan was making every possible effort to secure its border, stop illegal border crossing and human trafficking. He stated that all necessary measures wer being taken to increase the capability of the relevant institutions in this regard.

He added that immigration system was also being upgraded. He highlighted that further improvements were also being made in the electronic travel authorization system and visas would be issued within 24 hours. The Interior Minister pointed out that Pakistan could provide skilled manpower to Canada in various fields.

Naqvi also said that migration of skilled manpower would also help in reducing the incidences of illegal human trafficking. He emphasized that Constitution of Pakistan ensures equal rights to all minorities and protection of their rights was the responsibility of the Government of Pakistan.

He stated that Pakistan was providing all possible facilitation for the transfer of Afghan refugees to Canada. The High Commissioner thanked Interior Minister for his cooperation in various fields. Federal Interior Secretary Khurram Ali Agha, representative of Canadian High Commission and senior officials were also present during the meeting.