UK and Pakistan Signed a Significant Agreement
On Wednesday, the UK and Pakistan signed a significant agreement that allows for the return to Pakistan of foreign criminals and UK citizens who have broken immigration laws.
Priti Patel, the UK Home Secretary, welcomed the news on Twitter and stated that she was “proud to have signed a new landmark agreement with our Pakistani friends to return foreign criminals and immigration offenders from the UK to Pakistan. This transaction demonstrates the effectiveness of our #NewPlanForImmigration as we serve the British people.”
“It will remove dangerous foreign criminals and immigration offenders who have no right to remain in the UK without making any excuses. We can’t get rid of them because the British public has had enough of people abusing our laws and the system,” Ms. Patel said in the statement.
New Plan for Immigration
“This agreement, which I am proud to have signed with our Pakistani friends, demonstrates how the government is carrying out the New Plan for Immigration.”
The cycle of last-minute claims and appeals that can delay removals will be broken by our new Borders Act, which will go further.
Prior Agreement Between Pakistan and European Community
The agreement updates and renews, in a bilateral context, a prior agreement between Pakistan and the European Community regarding the readmission of persons residing without authorization that was concluded in October 2009, according to a statement from the Pakistani High Commission. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union forced the need for a bilateral agreement.
Ms. Patel was pictured with Interior Secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar at a signing ceremony in a tweet that accompanied the announcement. According to a statement, the home secretary met with Mr. Khokhar and Moazzam Ahmad Khan, the Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK, to sign the reciprocal agreement.