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13 January 2021, Wednesday I Vol 2, No.13

Broadsheet revelations vindicate struggle against elite, says PM



Imran Khan's statement on the Broadsheet revelations, the FATF notice to Pakistan, and the attack on a polio vaccination team.

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In Focus
Broadsheet revelations vindicate struggle against elite, says PM
Government forms committee to investigate Broadsheet claims

On 12 January, PM Imran Khan, referring to the recent revelations by the Broadsheet LLC, said these developments were only the “tip of the iceberg.” He claimed that his struggle against Pakistan’s ruling elite was now vindicated by the assets recovery firm. He emphasised that “These elites come to power and plunder the country.” Therefore, he urged Broadsheet LLC to display complete transparency and disclose the names of those who allegedly hindered the firm’s investigation process. 

Imran targets Nawaz
In this context, Imran outlined the Panama Papers fiasco which led to the end of Nawaz Sharif’s regime and said the incident exposed the country’s ruling elite. With this he reiterated that the “ill-gotten” assets through money laundering is stashed abroad with an aim to use the political clout of the accused to secure an NRO. 

Government constitutes committee to address money laundering
On the same day, the Information Minister announced that a committee had been formed to investigate and monitor the revelations of the Broadsheet LLC. The committee will be chaired by the PM. The committee was formed in the backdrop of the Broadsheet CEO’s interview and a decision of a high court in England to impose a penalty on the NAB. (“
Broadsheet revelations 'tip of the iceberg': PM Imran,” The Express Tribune, 13 January 2021)

Previously…
On 11 January, the Broadsheet CEO, Kaveh Moussavi traced the beginning of his firm’s relationship with the Musharraf regime; Musharraf had hired Moussavi in 2000 “to retrieve alleged illegal offshore assets of Pakistani politicians and businessmen.” Though Musharraf wanted Moussavi to track the assets of the Sharif family, Moussavi declined claiming that he and his firm “would not be a tool of a political witch-hunt.” (Atika Rehman, “Moussavi says didn’t want to be part of witch-hunt,” Dawn, 11 January 2021) Subsequently, the firm was handed a list of around 200 targets including the Sharifs, Bhuttos, other retired judges, bureaucrats and businessmen. 

Further, in the latest interview, Moussavi claimed that Nawaz Sharif offered a bribe to Broadsheet LLC urging them to abandon a probe against his foreign assets. 

 

Complete full action plan by next month, FATF tells Pakistan
Lists out what Pakistan got right, what needs more focus

Image Source: Dawn

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has urged Pakistan to speed up and complete its full action plan by February as the deadlines for action plans expired. As per The News International, the FATF website says Pakistan has made progress regarding key areas and is yet to improve in some. 

Where Pakistan showed improvement
The key areas that showed marked improvement includes: identifying and sanctioning illegal Money or Value Transfer Services, “implementing cross-border currency and bearer negotiable instruments controls,” increased international cooperation in cases of terrorist financing, introducing amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Act, addressing Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism violations, and the like. 

What Pakistan needs to improve
The latest FATF notification listed out four strategic deficiencies of Pakistan: First, Pakistan needs to prove that law enforcement agencies are identifying and investigating terror financing activities; the LEAs also need to ensure that “investigations and prosecutions target designated persons and entities.” 

Second, Pakistan should show that the prosecution of the accused leads to “effective, proportionate and dissuasive sanctions.”

Third, Pakistan needs to focus on demonstrating effective implementation of targeted financial sanctions against all 1267 and 1373 designated terrorists. This would include prevention of movement of funds, freezing of assets etc. 

Lastly, Pakistan should demonstrate enforcement against TFS violations. (Wajid Ali Syed, “FATF asks Pakistan to ‘swiftly’ complete action plan by Feb,” The News International, 13 January 2021)

 

Polio vaccination team attacked 
Policeman killed while the health workers remained uninjured

Image Source: Dawn

On 12 January, just two days into the five-day national immunisation drive, a polio vaccination team came under attack in the Latamber area of Karak district, resulting in the death of a police constable while the health workers remained unharmed. According to Dawn, the constable was in duty with the polio vaccination team when attackers opened fire on them. As a result, Junaid­ullah was killed on the spot.

Nothing should be allowed to disrupt the polio campaign says editorial
An editorial in The News International critical of the immunisation drive in the country says that the country has witnessed several setbacks due to flaws in the administration of the programmes it has run against polio, as well as refusals by people in the wake of fake news about the negative impact of the vaccine. As the government devises a communication strategy to combat the issues with challenges already propping, the editorial says that nothing should be allowed to disrupt the polio campaign adding that the people must be made aware of the severe consequences. (“Pushing away polio,” Dawn, 13 January 2021)

PR Archives: The Polio Crisis in Pakistan
Pakistan is one of only two countries where wild polio and vaccine-derived polio strains remain. If the government fails to adopt transformative measures to eradicate poliovirus, the situation could become worse in the country. However, the task is not easy with issues stemming from societal misconceptions, failure of governance and attacks on polio workers itself. ( "The Polio Crisis in Pakistan," Pakistan Reader, 1 September 2020)


In Brief
EXTERNAL
Pakistan calls for reduced violence in Afghanistan
On 12 January, FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a meeting with the visiting leader of Hezb-i-Wahdat-i-Islami, Afghanistan, Ustad Karim Khalili, urged “all sides” for the reduction in violence leading to a ceasefire. Additionally, he emphasised that “The Afghan leadership should seize this historic opportunity to establish lasting peace in Afghanistan through intra-Afghan negotiations.” Similarly, PM Imran Khan in a separate meeting with Mr Khalili underlined that Pakistan’s message to all sides was to work together for a peaceful solution. (Baqir Sajjad Syed, “Pakistan urges warring Afghan sides to reduce violence,” Dawn, 13 January 2021)

 

 

"An end to faith-based violence can only be achieved if comprehensive peace in the region is pursued as a strategic objective...The objectives of establishing peace and security can only be achieved if the state promotes a culture rooted in constitutionalism, human rights, democracy and the rule of law."
- An opinion in The Express Tribune
on 'Dynamics of religious militancy'

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