“Victory has a thousand fathers…”
For me practical implementation of this John F. Kennedy quote was never more clear than it past Friday. “FATF” was a buzzword on Twitter in the morning. Pakistan’s expected exit from the gray list” It was triggered noisy debate on who deserves praise. Decree coalition and its predecessor, PTI, engaged in uncompromising verbal duels. on social media (on common media their spats were fortunately more restrained).
The Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) puts these countries on its infamous “grey list’ that does not take full measures to combat money laundering as well as terror funding, but formally pledged to do so.
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Contrary to wild expectations, FATF did not accept Pakistan off his “grey-list” on Friday but he admitted full agreement of action plan assigned to Islamabad for prove this is global commitment to the fight financial crimes. “On site visit by FATF inspection team will check full compliance – what may not be possible until October. If the check is successful, Pakistan will officially arrive off “grey list” – Maybe in February next year. This is no small feat. It put Pakistan on in path out of the gray list” after 48 grueling months. And it is rightly noted as “wonderful achievement’ and ‘monumental success”.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif tried to get a loan for his own government [you’ve to admire his chutzpah]. First he called up his foreign minister, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to “congratulate” him. “Whole team of foreign minister commendable,” he told Bilawal. young foreign minister did not resist the offer to claim rights first feather in his cap. “I will continue to strive to rule Pakistan out of all the difficulties,” he reciprocated. Sharjil Inam Memon, Sindh information minister who is more vocals on national questions, was also quickly lend to Bilawal who, in his words, “raised issue on all platforms. But I think Bilawal’s second in command, Hina Rabbani Har, knows it’s not fair to claim recognition. for something they have little share in. “Our success this is result of four years of difficult journey,” she wrote. on Twitter. This obviously means that she was talking about work done by previous government. However, she said it didn’t matter. who applies for a loan. which should The point is that Pakistan out of the woods.
I sure Prime Minister Sharif also knows he’s not giving credit where it should be – politically expedient move.
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He may have deliberately ignored them, but Imran Khan told his former cabinet ministers that “the whole country is proud of you” for FATF victory. “Hammad Azhar [senior minister in Khan’s cabinet]members of its FATF coordinating committee and officers who worked on this task has been exceptionally well done. The whole country is proud of you,” Khan wrote. in Twitter thread listing his government’s tireless efforts to save Pakistan from the FATF”black list”.
Hours after Khan’s tweets military press secretary also suspended in. Major General Babar Iftikhar, quoting COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa, called it “a monumental road-breaking effort”. way for Pakistan White List. And he attributed team in military headquarters for doing it possible. “The main cell of the headquarters led national efforts and civilmilitary team synergistic implementation of [FATF] action plan, made it possiblesomething Pakistan is proud of,” General Qamar was quoted as saying by DG ISPR. On Saturday, Prime Minister Sharif also called General Bajwa to acknowledge the efforts of “key box”.
To summarize briefly: Pakistan has a checkered history with FATF. And his ‘grey-list of horrors is not new. Nonetheless latest there was a “grey list” in February 2018 when PML-N was in power. India lobbied hard have Pakistan”black-listed” – that politicians in Islamabad has always been afraid. In June, Pakistan was given a complex 27-point action plan, followed by another seven-point action plan. in 2021. “We have not only prevented blacklisting, but also also completed 32 out of 34 action items. We submitted a compliance report on the remaining two items in April on which FATF [has] has now declared Pakistan’s action plan complete,” Khan wrote. in his thread of tweets.
In truth, P.T.I. government did the most of in work for Bringing Pakistan out of the gray list”. At the same time it also a fact that PTI government would never have been able to complete this gigantic task without help and cooperation of state institutions.
Having said that, it would be better if Han set except for his tiff with in military as well as also recognized as the “main cell of the Stavka” for its synergy government-vel national an effort. military, I believe, understands that it would not be a difficult task possible no political will on part of Khansky government. Prime Minister Shehbaz “has called all those involved in the FATF. success”, according to him office. It would be great goodwill gesture if he avoided his political rivalry for moment and also called up “most relevant person” for this success [read: his predecessor] acknowledge his efforts too. It may not have put an end to deep-seated political animosity, but I sure it would help reduce growing bitterness in our politics.