By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
The most difficult job in the world is of a person who sitting on listening duty in any security establishment as British GCHQ’s (Government Communication HQ) motto is ‘we listen to our customers very carefully’. Listening is an art and Gen. Qamar Bajwa is an artist I must say. After all he knows now where is the Rs. 24000 Billion gone and how in last 10 years between 2008 – 2018. He knows the names and addresses of all financial terrorists home and abroad. Now it is time for the special measures in special circumstances.
He knows which so-called Tycoon has taken how much in the form of tax avoidance, tax evasion, subsidy as well as lion share in the big projects from power generation to construction. These are the people holding large amount cash in their basements and farmhouses to choke the economy of Pakistan.
So now it is time to bring back the money in the market before government changes the designs of the notes of Rs. 5000 and Rs. 1000 and bonds. It will help document the economy and stop the inflation in the country. A military operation is a must against these real gangsters who looted and sold the country cheap to enemies by ‘keep Karachi bleeding’ strategy.
Gen. Qamar Bajwa the Pakistan Army Chief in meeting with so called tycoons, stressed ‘intimate’ link between national security, economy. The recent confiscation of billions gold, cash and cars from a ‘park ranger’ in Karachi rocked many boats and rattle many cages. One must admire the hard work done by the boys on duty to collect information.
The military’s media wing ISPR issued a formal statement about the much-talked-about meeting a day earlier between the army chief and some of Pakistan’s most powerful business tycoons.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has reportedly told a group of businessmen that the country’s “improved internal security environment” has “created space for increased economic activity”.
The ISPR said Gen Bajwa had made the remarks while addressing the business community and the government’s economic team at the concluding session of a series of discussions and seminars titled ‘Interplay of economy and security’.
The event had been held at the Army Auditorium in Rawalpindi, ISPR said. News media had reported that the businessmen had met the army chief at a dinner reception hosted by the latter.
The chief of army staff briefed the business community and the government’s economic team over the improved security situation in the country, saying: “National security is intimately linked to the economy while prosperity is a function of a balance in security needs and economic growth.”
“Accessibility and responsiveness of the government economic team to the business community and the displayed understanding between public and private institutions is a good sign for the desired positive trajectory in economic activity,” Gen Bajwa, who is also part of the National Development Council, was reported to have told the audience.
The ISPR said that the seminars and discussions in question were held “in order to bring stakeholders on one platform to formulate recommendations for a synergistic way forward”.
The government’s economic team, on the other hand, had apprised the attendees about the initiatives and measures being taken by the government to facilitate business and stabilize the economy.
The business community also pitched in with its suggestions to improve ease of doing business.
The businessmen assured that they would cooperate with the authorities to ensure that government policies are implemented and would “play their part” by paying taxes and investing in a “socially and economically responsible manner”.
The meeting had been a topic of much discussion on social media, with some questioning why the businessmen had approached the chief of army staff directly instead of approaching the civilian managers of the economy.
The press statement from the ISPR follows reports in the media that the businessmen in question had tabled their grievances with the government’s economic team in front of the army chief.
New Motto should be ‘bring back our national wealth before we visit you’.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Azerbaijan April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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