Durrani vows to bring back looted money

FORMER Information Minister Muhammad Ali Durrani, who periodically comes out with some new ideas and programmes, has announced launching of a movement next week to bring back the looted money of Pakistan. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Friday, he regretted that instead of resolving the issue of Panama Papers a conspiracy is being hatched to clash on roads.
Indeed, the former Minister has acquired a position and clout to launch a country-wide campaign for the purpose as he has necessary experience and background. He is also an energetic personality with motivation to go for positive pursuits. Whether or not he achieves the desired results, one must appreciate his initiative that is surely reflective of his good intentions aimed at helping to address this challenge. His announcement assumes importance in the backdrop of Panama Leaks that have highlighted the problem of tax evasion and flight of capital from the country through illegal means. Pakistan has remained in the grip of similar problems as there have been frequent reports about bank defaults, stashing away of looted money to Swiss banks, tax evasion and frauds worth billions of rupees, default of electricity and gas dues and fleecing of people through scandals like cooperatives besides receipt of commissions and kickbacks running into billions of rupees in contracts and deals. All this can happen only in a state like Pakistan where writ of the Government is weak because of lack of commitment and sincerity on the part of the authorities concerned. We have been talking about zero tolerance to corruption and NAB has also been claiming to be fighting against the menace but so far there is no visible improvement on the ground and corruption is as usual in the country. Durrani has, therefore, put fingers on the raw nerve of the society and he can achieve success in this gigantic task only with the full backing and cooperation of the society. We hope he will persist in his plans and he can achieve success to some extent at least.

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