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11 July 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.74

FATF action plan to be completed at the earliest: Shaikh



FATF action plan to be completed at the earliest: Shaikh, 95 per cent of pilot licences cleared in seven countries and minorities right

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INTERNAL

FATF action plan to be completed at the earliest: Shaikh

On 10 July, adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh stated that Pakistan would ensure that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Action Plan will be completed at the earliest by increasing the effectiveness of its AML/CFT regime. At a virtual meeting on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity (FACTI), Dr Shaikh commented on the status of FATF Action Plan stating that Pakistan had already addressed 14 out of 27 items. Further, the he stated that Pakistan had made considerable progress in addressing the recommended actions of Mutual Evaluation Report, implementation of Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financial Terrorism (AML/CFT) measures on DNFBPs and others. Further he stated that the AML Act was amended to include tax offences as predicate offences. (APP, “Pakistan ensuring completion of FATF action plan: Shaikh,” Dawn, 11 July 2020)

Prime Minister asks PIA Chief to expedite the restructuring

On 10 July, Prime Minister Imran Khan told the CEO of PIA Arshad Malik to ‘expedite the restructuring plan’ in discussion with Dr Ishrat Hussain, adviser to PM on Institutional Reforms. During the meeting, Arshad Malik also briefed PM Imran Khan on the ongoing negotiations with the European Union and regarding the restructuring of PIA to make it a profitable and leading airline. (“PM asks Arshad Malik to overhaul PIA”, The Nation, 11 July 2020)

Warning issued by CAA against smoking in aircrafts

The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) voiced concern over smoking in aircraft, especially in the cockpit and cabin by crew members. The authorities directed all operators to follow rules and regulations and ensure compliance. This notice was issued after the PCAA’s director of flight standards noted that despite the several instructions on prohibition of smoking in the aircraft, smoking still continuing, which a violation of regulations but an open rejection of the rules which restrict all kinds of smoking when on board Pakistan-registered aircraft. Further, the CAA warned that any report of smoking during flight or ground will be subject to disciplinary action and if repeated would face financial penalties followed by endorsement on licence and its suspension. (“CAA warns pilots against smoking in aircraft,” Dawn, 11 July 2020)

95 per cent of pilot licences cleared in seven countries

The Aviation Division has cleared 95 per cent licences of Pakistani pilots serving in different airlines in seven countries. The process of verification is to take place next week. This development the Aviation Minister revealed the matter of ‘dubious’ licences. This issue caught the attention of other countries and airlines where Pakistani pilots were employed, who on the announcement of the issue grounded the Pakistani pilots and asked the Aviation Division to verify their credentials included the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Vietnam, Turkey and Bahrain. (Mohammad Asghar,“95pc licences of pilots serving in seven countries cleared,” Dawn, 11 July 2020)

Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council on minorities right

On 10 July, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council, Muthahida Ulema Board, said, “Constitution of Pakistan has categorically defined rights for Muslims and non-Muslim population and all the minorities residing in Pakistan own equal rights like the majority population,” He also said, about the successful construction of ‘Kartarpur corridor for Sikh pilgrims’ and many more worship places have been built in Pakistan. (“No group will be allowed to trample minority rights: Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi”, The Nation, 11 July 2020)

CPEC

Balochistan governor says that CPEC will change the fate of the region

Balochistan Governor retired Justice Amanullah Khan Yasinzai stated that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will change the fate of the entire region once it is completed. Further, while addressing a seminar he commented on the role of China amid the pandemic stating that the economy, health facilities and employment had been badly affected by coronavirus across the world and how China’s role at this juncture was very important as it had proved itself to be a global leader by providing financial assistance and medicines. Further, he said “Pakistan and China have paved the way for removing obstacles to the development of the entire region and both countries are against forces depriving the people of the region of the fruits of development and prosperity.” Further, the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Mr Yao Jing stated that CPEC was a journey towards economic regionalisation in the world. (Saleem Shahid,“CPEC to change fate of region: Balochistan governor,” Dawn, 11 July 2020)

ON INDIA

Multidimensional Challenges in India: Opinion Imran Malik

The author has given the portray of India’s under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He states that India is facing multidimensional challenges, with coronavirus and border position with China’. As well as, ‘South Asia seem to lean toward China which may have led India isolated and stuck up between Ladakh-LAC and political disturbance at home’. With the Hindutva leaning ideology, the Indian society has got “polarized and fractured, irretrievably”. (“PM Modi strategic miscalculations”, The Nation, 11 July 2020) 

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