France to strengthen Pakistan police 

ISLAMABAD: France would assist Pakistan in strengthening capabilities of Police in the area of counter-terrorism.

The strengthening Police Force in Pakistan will be implemented through a three-year program aimed at developing specific police skills such as scientific and technical assistance, expertise in identifying forged documents, cyber crime and civil defence.

Bilateral agreement to this effect was formally signed between France and Pakistan at the fourth round of talks on Joint Security Commission of both the countries held at the Ministry of Defence on Wednesday, news release of the ministry stated here.

Secretary Defence Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak, led Pakistan delegation while French delegation was led by Louis Gautier, Secretary General for Defence and National Security.

Prior to holding of the Plenary Session Louis Gautier called on Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak in his office during which issues relating to bilateral security cooperation and counter-terrorism were discussed.

Both the leaders also shared sympathies on tragic terrorist acts in France and Pakistan.

During the session, both sides deliberated upon various areas of mutual interest including security matters, counter-terrorism and prevailing regional environment.

In addition, the delegation took stock of the actions that have been undertaken since last Joint Security Commission meeting held in France in January 2014.

Both sides discussed the success achieved by Government of Pakistan through Operation Zarb-e-Azb and National Action Plan.

The discussion also focused on possible academic exchanges between the institutions of the two countries on security issues and benefit from each others experience and capabilities to counter the common threat of terrorism and extremism.

The French side also offered to share its expertise and best practices on crises management procedures such as natural catastrophe or plane crashes.

The two sides agreed to deliberate the issue further in upcoming months in Paris.

Talks of Joint Security Commission were held in a cordial atmosphere.

Leaders of both sides shared their resolve to work together for enhanced cooperation in the field of defence and capacity building of Law Enforcement Agencies.

They also agreed that the 5th Round of Pakistan-France Joint Security Commission Talks will take place in France in early 2017.