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ISLAMABAD: Speaking here today at the Convention Hall, at a ceremony held apropos achievements in hundred days, Imran Khan said that (PTI) government was devising policies for the benefit of common man.

He said that in order to ameliorate the quality of citizens’ lives, job opportunities were being created. Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government was focusing on reforming the system to broaden the tax net and save the common taxpayers from extra burden through indirect taxation. Wondering how only 72,000 people out the 210 million population were showing their monthly income of over Rs 200,000, the PM held: “We have to bring the rich into the tax net to save the poor from the extra burden.” PM told that the government was also taking measures to check smuggling so as to protect the local industry and investors. It was also working on the promotion of tourism in the coastal and hilly areas as well as religious tourism, he said, adding Malaysia was earning $ 20 billion per annum through tourism alone.

Commenting on the promotion of religious tourism Imran Khan said besides attracting Hindu and Sikh communities Pakistan could also attract Buddhists. In this context, he spoke about the presence of a 40-feet statue of sleeping Buddha in Haripur district. He said with the world’s  6 highest mountain peaks perched in beautiful and scenic Northern Areas, Pakistan had huge potential to attract tourists. He prompted to say that only eco-tourism would be promoted so that money is generated without disturbing the environment and scenic beauty.

The prime minister said the government was also working on legal reforms for speedy justice for the common man, particularly widows and women, ensuring that they get their just rights in the inheritance. He said a Legal Aid Authority would be established under which the poor and those having no resources to hire a lawyer would be provided with the state counsel to fight their cases in courts. Similarly, he said, the overseas Pakistanis would be assisted in securing their property and lands in Pakistan from land mafias. The prime minister said the government was bringing a Whistle Blower Act to identify corruption. Under the law, the person, who would identify the corruption, would get 20% of the recovered amount of the ill-gotten money, he added.

Pointing towards Urdu & English medium schools and Madrassas the PM said that a uniform system would be introduced in order to eliminate the inequality. While assuring provision of Health (Insurance) Cards to citizens he said reforms were being introduced in Health Sector. He told that a task force was attempting to improve the conditions of government hospitals. Maintaining that corruption led to poverty he cited examples of various countries rich in mineral wealth yet their populace is suffering from famine due to corrupt leaders. PM said that single authority would be created to figure out ways to implement policies for poverty alleviation.

Asserting that NAB was an independent institution for accountability the PM said its performance could be further increased. However, he noted that the conviction rate in cases handled by NAB was very low. Imran Khan told that an Asset Recovery Unit was established at the PM House that has signed MoUs with 26 countries for gaining access to information regarding the assets of Pakistanis made abroad: “we also signed an agreement today with Switzerland”.

He said politicians opted to take aqama as that bars banks from revealing data about their accounts.  FIA, according to the PM, has caught fake accounts of Rs.375 billion. He claimed that his government was the first to actively take steps against money laundering. 

Lamenting that a huge amount had been taken by previous governments as loans from a number of organizations, Imran Khan said the government was now paying an interest of Rs. 6 billion daily as interest.  Commenting on the anti-encroachment drive he said land worth over Rs. 300 billion was retrieved by CDA. Lauding the efforts of Punjab CM he told that government of Punjab had retrieved  88,000 acres from the encroachment mafia. 

Referring to the growth of stunted children, the Prime Minister said a pilot project was completed to improve the health of mothers and children and now 4 million mothers and children will be given better diet to reduce stunted growth from current 43 percent to 30 percent. He said the scope of Benazir Income Support Program will be enhanced. He said five billion rupees have been earmarked under Akhuwat Program to assist the poorer segments.

The Prime Minister said in order to bring the level of poverty down, special programs are being started in rural areas. He said Subsidies will be given to small farmers in order to increase agricultural productivity as well as improvement in the socio-economic status of peasants. He said new farm equipment will also be provided to the farmers. He said in order to enhance exports of livestock, animals will be immunized against diseases like foot and mouth.

Imran Khan said the fisheries sector will be promoted. He said Pakistan has marine fishery as well as freshwater fishery potential.  He said the wet areas where lands cannot be utilized for agricultural purposes, shrimp farming businesses will be started.  Referring to the shortage of water in the country, the Prime Minister said the total cost of paving the water courses is 140 billion rupees. This will result in conserving a lot of water.  Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was fully aware of the financial problems being faced by the country’s salaried and low-income class due to the depreciation of the rupee and assured he was striving hard to give them relief through austerity measures in various ministries and divisions.

He said he had succeeded in saving Rs 150 million in the PM House expenditures so far with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor also saving an amount of Rs 130 million. The prime minister said some politicians were ridiculing the austerity measures like selling buffaloes of PM House. “At one side poor people are dying, and on the other, we spend money from public exchequer. We have to be answerable to Allah hereafter.” He said the main reason behind inflation and price-hike was an unprecedented rise in the country’s debt, which went up to Rs 30,000 billion from Rs 6,000 billion during the last ten years of previous governments.

The prime minister assured the nation of taking every step to take the country forward and strengthen its people and economy, bring in investment and check corruption, which hindered investment. He described the overseas Pakistanis as the country’s “biggest strength” and said 900,000 overseas Pakistanis, as well as foreign investors, would be attracted to bring in their skills and investment through various investment-friendly measures and ease of doing of business. 

The prime minister said the government was also working legal measures to ensure the provision of mortgage facilities to people under the five million housing programme, which would give a boost to economic growth and help create employment opportunities through the revival of 40 allied industries. He said with 80% mortgage facility of housing in the United States, followed by 30% in Malaysia and 10% in India, Pakistan had a mere 0.2% in mortgage housing. The prime minister on the occasion also appreciated his team and cabinet members for their efforts in achieving targets in the first 100 days of the government.

Relevant: The prime minister said Pakistan despite being rich in resources lagged behind due to corruption, which had damaged the national institutions. Lamenting on the policies of past leadership, he said they had damaged state institutions for their personal gains.
“Until corruption is not controlled Pakistan has no future,” he said, adding the present government was not responsible whatever the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was doing about corruption.
He, however, said there was a dire need of strengthening of NAB as its conviction rate was just seven percent as compared to 90 percent in Malaysia. NAB had been concentrating just on plea bargains, which was no solution to control corruption. The institution should make its performance better, he added.
The prime minister said the government during its first 100 days had established the Asset Recovery Unit to exchange information with foreign countries regarding money laundering. In that regard, it had signed agreements with 26 countries, including Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to initial information shared by the countries, the prime minister said, Pakistanis had stashed $11 billion in just 26 states. Only in the UAE, Pakistanis had purchased properties for $9 billion but the authorities there were not providing information regarding the Iqama holders. In the past even the prime minister, foreign minister and influential people got Iqamas (residential permits) from the UAE, he added.
The prime minister said only those people were seeing democracy in danger whose drivers had got properties in Dubai.
He said his was the first government which had put a heavy hand on corruption and money laundering as the FIA had so far traced fake accounts with transactions of Rs 375 billion. On one hand, the looted money was siphoned off to foreign countries while on the other Pakistan was paying per day interest of Rs 6 billion on the loans it had obtained from the lending agencies.
The prime minister said operation against the land mafia and encroachers had been started across the country. Only the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had retrieved land worth Rs 375 billion from the illegal occupants and grabbers. Such kind of operations was also going on in Lahore, Karachi and other cities, he added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said water was the country’s biggest issue and the government had come up with water conservation techniques. About Rs 140 billion would be spent on the pavement of 70,000 canals and ravines, which would be held save more water than stored at the Diamir Bhasha Dam.
“For achieving all these things, we will have to change our mindset,” the prime minister said. A pro-active approach would have to be adopted by bureaucracy.
For increasing exports, he said, the government had given various incentives, including reducing prices of electricity and gas, to industrialists, which would provide a competitive environment to them in international markets.
He said the government would provide ease of doing business to foreign and local investors to attract more investment in the country. Various schemes were being launched for overseas Pakistanis to attract more remittances in the country, he added.
Next priority area for the government, he said, was reforms in the FBR (Federal Board of Revenue), which would increase tax ratio in the country.

Economic situation to be clearedMinister for Finance Asad Umar Thursday said the government would create space in the financial system to bring about the investment of Rs 6,000 billion during the next four years for mega projects. Addressing an event held here at Convention Centre to mark the 100 days of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf’s government, the minister said the government had set a target of Rs 6,000 billion investment based on its financial planning, State Bank policies and other measures. He referred to the gigantic projects launched by the government, including 5 million housing units, 10 million jobs, and others.

Asad Umar told the gathering also comprising Prime Minister Imran Khan, federal ministers, parliamentarians and diplomats besides the party workers, that the government had inherited a budget deficit of around Rs 2300 billion, the gas deficit of Rs 150 billion and power circular debt of Rs 450 billion. He said daily external deficit stood at $2 billion that had now been reduced to $1 billion. He said the previous regimes had been holding the pension of the widows of Pakistan Steels Mills’ employees, while the present government had approved a grant to pay their dues. The finance minister said the government would never take refuge under the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and if IMF package was inevitable, the agreement would be signed on the terms and conditions suitable to the country and its people.

He criticized those mocking the government’s austerity measures of selling out cars and buffaloes, saying such steps manifested its sincerity. He said owing to the support of the friendly states, the government had been able to overcome the situation. The finance minister said none of the government’s decisions affected the low-income group, including tax increase and power tariff revision. LPG price was reduced by Rs 400 to 500, he added. He said the government tried to put a minimum possible burden on the poor.

Asad Umar said implementation monitoring committees were being set up to assign tasks to help implement the party manifesto. He said there was a need to bring tax evaders under the tax net. The finance minister detailed policies had been made for housing, digital industry, 10 billion tree tsunami, and SME industries.  Finance Minister said currently 3.7 million farmers were being provided agriculture loans and the number would increase to six million. The number of SMEs getting loans would be enhanced to 700,000 with Rs 1900 billion loans to be provided to them.

Earlier Prime Minister Imran Khan held: “Today, I invite my fellow Pakistanis to reflect on and celebrate the first 100 days of our government. During our election campaign, we laid out a transformational agenda and set an ambitious timeline for delivery within the first 100 days, which I committed to every citizen of Pakistan. So, let our reflection on these commitments today serve as a symbol of honesty and the unprecedented transparency of our government.

I was sworn in as your Prime Minister at a testing time, with a weakening economy and depleting trust in the system. This made planning our journey towards a transformed and elevated Pakistan all the more difficult. Yet we persevered and will continue to persevere. As the following pages will show, in our first 100 days we have set the direction for our government and will progress in this direction for the remainder of our term.

I firmly believe that Pakistan’s best days lie ahead. As we execute our plans for Pakistan over the coming years, there is also something I must ask of you, as citizens of this country – We cannot, and must not, walk alone, as individuals. I need you to come together, to do your part on this important journey towards an Islamic Welfare State, where rule of law, merit, and transparency are guaranteed.

The state that our founding father, the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, envisioned as one where “…we could live and breathe as free men, and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture, and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.” I ask you to be true to the values of Hazrat Mohammad [P.B.U.H], do justice to the sacrifices of our elders, and strive for a Pakistan which your children and their children will be proud to build and protect. So, hold your heads up high, be one, and march on! Pakistan Zindabad!”

FM speech at UNGA widely hailed in KP Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the priorities of foreign policy were revised, keeping in view the national interest of Pakistan. Addressing the ceremony of achievements in 100 days of PTI government in Islamabad on Thursday, he said main impetus of Pakistan’s foreign policy is to improve relations with all of our immediate neighbors. For this purpose, he made his first foreign visit to Afghanistan as Pakistan has a key stake in peace in the neighboring country. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the improvement in relations with India is very important for regional peace. He said a hand of friendship was extended to India after coming into power of PTI government, but that was not reciprocated.

He said the groundbreaking of Kartarpur Corridor is also a step in the direction of creating good relations with the neighbors. The Foreign Minister said Iran is our important neighbor. A peaceful and stable border with the brotherly country is necessary. He said he met with his Iranian counterpart twice in efforts to improve the bilateral ties. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said China is a long-term strategic partner of Pakistan. The visit of Prime Minister to China has been highly successful. The focus of CPEC has been changed to infrastructure to human resource, skills development, investment and efforts to increase exports of Pakistan. He said the component of cultural diplomacy has also been added to the foreign policy as part of promoting a soft image of the country. 

Foreign Minister proposed all the political parties of the country to get united to observe next Kashmir Solidarity Day in London to express solidarity with Kashmiri people and highlight the Indian barbarism before the international community.
Foreign Minister said Kashmir had been the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy and would continue until the issue was resolved. “I want to give a message to Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir where barbarism and bloodshed are being made that you are not alone. We are with you,” the Foreign Minister remarked at the event also attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the federal minister, parliamentarians and diplomats.
He said every year, Kashmir Solidarity was observed in Pakistan. However, on upcoming Kashmir Day, he invited all political parties to unite, regardless of political differences and gather in London to observe the Day to tell the people what was the barbarism and bloodshed. “There is no difference on Kashmir issue. All parties of Pakistan are one on this issue,” he remarked and referred to the reports of the UN Human Rights Commissioner, House of Commons and upcoming debate to be held in Brussels keeping in view these reports.
He said as PTI formed the government, a neighboring country tried to isolate Pakistan because the previous government had strengthened its hands by not appointing a foreign minister.
He said the government had decided to set up a specialized, communicative and well connected foreign office. During 100 days, the foreign ministry had 73 bilateral and 16 multilateral engagements. He said the government enhanced engagements with neighboring states referring to prime minister’s visits to Saudi Arabia, China, UAE and Malaysia.
Qureshi said achievement of peace was inevitable to accomplish the PTI’s people-centric agenda of investment and job creation.He said after Prime Minister’s announcement to open Kartarpur Corridor, the Indian government was compelled to send its two ministers to the ceremony. For Iran, the Foreign Minister said, he had two interactions with Iranian counterpart to enhance bilateral cooperation.
Rubbishing all apprehensions, he said the government had changed the CPEC’s focus from mere infrastructure to livelihood, investment, agriculture, skill development, and exports. He said Imran Khan’s prompt reaction to US President Trump’s tirade against Pakistan proved that the nation was alive; however, he added that Pakistan desired good ties with the US.
Qureshi said during 100 days, the Ministry had signed 19 MoUs with different countries. After dollar appreciation, the Ministry’s budget had been hit by 17 percent however they would try to tighten the belt by rationalizing the expenses during the foreign visits, he expressed.
The foreign minister also highlighted the government’s achievement for obtaining international support against the blasphemous caricatures forcing the cancellation of the competition.

Mohammad Shehzad Arbab Advisor to PM on Establishment and Lead on the 100 Days Agenda held revolutionary steps were taken to change the working culture of the government during this small period. He said 18 out of 34 projects were completed while work continues on rest of the projects. He said an asset recovery unit was established that detected properties worth 11 billion dollars abroad and notices were issued to thousands of persons who are not tax filers. Arbab Shahzad said the focus was laid on bringing reforms in FBR as part of improving the tax machinery.

“When we launched our First 100 Days Agenda earlier this year, it was generally received positively, as a plan with the potential to lead to a Naya Pakistan. After we formed a government though, the airwaves were dominated by skeptics, convinced that delivering against our promises would not be possible.

The skepticism was not a surprise. Reform-minded governments face unique delivery challenges and our government was no exception. Nonetheless, as the following pages will help illustrate, we believe we have acquitted ourselves well and laid a solid foundation for the remainder of our term. It is important to note that our agenda was not just about listing initiatives to be undertaken, it was about a whole new manner of implementation.

We had committed to a cabinet where ministers would be personally responsible for each initiative our agenda promised, and the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers would directly oversee reform and manage the performance of their teams. In line with this, tracking routines have been established at the federal, as well as provincial cabinet levels in Khyber  Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, where progress is collectively reviewed on a set schedule. This practice has helped prioritize critical matters at the highest levels, brought method to addressing inter-ministerial bottlenecks, and ensured accountability for delivery. This rhythm will be institutionalized beyond the first 100 days to ensure all critical issues are consistently highlighted and addressed methodically at the highest level.

We also committed that this delivery mechanism would be devolved to individual ministries, where they would have fully functional systems to set their own milestones against the larger vision of the Prime Minister’s commitments to the nation. As these reforms take shape, they will pave way for institutional acceptance and improve the governance model in Pakistan.  Finally, the commitment that is most dear to me: we had promised to run this agenda, in a completely transparent and honest manner. I am proud to say that we have set the bar high. Not only did we set a progress tracker website, but we also welcomed all to help track progress across government.

Furthermore, we are making public our own scoresheet through this document which the Prime Minister will take full ownership of on November 29, 2018, which marks his cabinet’s first 100 days in office. Changing the way a government delivers is not a straightforward process. It is tricky, it is complicated, it is cumbersome! At the same time, it requires perseverance and honesty. My office has provided a transparent account of the government’s progress for the first 100 days, and it will continue to do so as we further institutionalize and improve tracking routines over the course of the next 5 years InshAllah. We look forward to constant engagement and feedback from the nation.”

Excerpts from the PTI literature published on this occasion: “Focusing on the poor. These are difficult times, and the financial crisis that PTI has inherited makes taking difficult decisions unavoidable. But despite difficult times, this is a government where the Prime Minister repeatedly states that the objective of every policy, and every action, must be to first take care of the poor.

The agriculture emergency, the focus on stunting, the spotlight on shelters for the homeless, the initiation of a poverty alleviation programme, and the expansion of the Sehat Insaf Cards, all signal that this is a compassionate government that will work tirelessly to eradicate poverty in Pakistan. Changing the culture of government. Imran Khan is changing the culture of government, and he is doing this through personal example.

Working seven days a week, engaging the cabinet, solving problems through participatory government, establishing thoughtful austerity as a signal of intent, setting aspirations high, and being outcome focused – these are just some of the changes in the culture of government that is beginning to take shape. And, of course, ending the culture of corruption and establishing the rule of law are principles that the Prime Minister will never compromise on.

Strengthening the Federation. The PTI government is a government with significant representation from each of the four federating units. The Prime Minister is from Punjab, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker are from the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan respectively. The cabinet has representation from each of the four provinces, as well as of key allied parties. This five years of a dispensation in which there was a significant sense of alienation in the smaller provinces, and is a paradigm shift from how Pakistan has been recently run.

The work is done on the FATA merger, the announcement of the establishment of a South Punjab secretariat… What defines the first 100 days of Imran Khan and the PTI coalition government? …engagement with Baluch Nationalists and the announcement of a task force to work with the Government of Sindh on a Karachi plan are all indicators of the PTI government’s respect for the federation. Unlike the previous government, which spent 56% of Punjab’s development budget on one city alone, this government is focused on all of Pakistan, and that trust will form the basis of this government’s leadership in reform over the next five years.

Re-building Pakistan’s international credibility. Imran Khan is not only the Prime Minister of Pakistan but an international ambassador that this country can be proud of. In addition, unlike the previous dispensation, this is a government where the Foreign Ministry is able to credibly assert Pakistan’s positions on international fora. This is a major shift from a five-year term was for the majority of the time, there was no political leadership of the foreign ministry. 

In these 100 days, the voice of Pakistan has carried further, whether that be in response to foreign leaders that underplay the sacrifices that Pakistan has made in the war or terror, or when there is a need to represent the views of the Islamic world on the dignity of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). Within a short space of time, engagement with key allies, including Saudi Arabia, China, the UAE, and Malaysia, have established the intent of this government to the international community and strengthened our most important relationships.

Setting a direction for progress. The Prime Minister, when launching the 100 Days Agenda back in May, spoke of using the first 100 days of his government to set direction. The work is done in these 100 days by each ministry, and as a whole by the government, is perhaps unprecedented. Substantial progress has been made on each of the 34 initiatives, and significant work has also been done in several areas over and above the requirements of the 100 Day Plan.

More importantly, the transparency with which the government has approached this process is new to this country. Manifestos used to document that was forgotten by political parties the day the election ended. The 100 Days Agenda was the de-facto manifesto of this government. By focusing relentlessly on it, the government is now able to outline the direction it intends to go in, and publicly commit to. The government can now focus on implementation, and the public can monitor whether the government does what it says.

Prime Minister’s 1st 100Days Agenda: Transform Governance, Bring accountability to the center of government, Empower people at the grassroots, Depoliticize and strengthen police, Revolutionalise access to justice, Initiate civil services reform, Revitalize Economic Growth, Rapidly create jobs for the youth, Revive manufacturing and facilitate the growth of SMEs, Launch policy to build 5 million houses, Boost the tourism industry, Reform the tax administration, Make Pakistan business-friendly, Transform key institutions, Fix Pakistan’s energy challenge, Ensure CPEC translates into a game changer, Enhance access to finance, Revolutionize Social Services, Transform health and education, Expand the social safety net, Champion women’s development, Provide clean drinking water for all, Champion green growth, 2 Strengthen the Federation, Expedite integration of FATA with KP, Champion reconciliation in Balochistan, Spearhead creation of South Punjab province…

Begin transforming Karachi, Initiate poverty alleviation drive, 6 Ensure Pakistan’s National Security, Update and expand the institutional structure of Foreign Office, Increase Pakistan’s regional and global relevance, Leverage foreign policy to strengthen the economy, Form a National Security Organisation, Enhance Internal Security, 4 Uplift Agriculture and Conserve Water, Impose agriculture emergency to increase farmer profitability, Improve access to finance for farmers,  transform agriculture produce markets, Revamp the livestock sector, Implement National Water Policy, First 100 Days of Federal Government, Out of 35 initiatives, 34 were spearheaded by the Federal Government, Prime Minister tracked progress on a fortnightly basis, Official progress tracker for transparency…

Deliverables Complete: 6 Key Achievements Over & Above 100 Days Agenda…34 Deliverables from 34 Initiatives in the 100 Days Agenda…16 In Progress… Establish Asset Recovery Unit and Trace Unlawful Wealth…Draft Local Government Act of Khyber…Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and ICT…Legal Reforms to Revolutionalise Access to Justice FBR Reform Roadmap…Naya Pakistan Housing Programme…Framework to establish National Tourism Board, Economic Support Package for Revival, Manufacturing Sector National Financial Inclusion Strategy…Implementation Plan…NAB Reform…Reform Civil Service…Integration of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa…Balochistan Reconciliation Drive…Roadmap for Creation of South Punjab province…Karachi Transformation Plan…Poverty Alleviation Strategy…

National Job Creation Strategy…Federal TVET/Skills Building Strategy…Austerity Drive…The launch of Citizens Portal…Action against Qabza Mafia…Ease of Doing Business Strategy…National Agriculture Emergency Programme…Implement National Water Policy…Education Blueprint (ICT only)…Health Blueprint (ICT only)…Clean Drinking Water Plan (ICT only)…Social Protection Programme…Action Plan for Women and Girls in the Justice System…Launch 10 Billion Tree Tsunami…Increase Pakistan’s Regional and Global Relevance…Transform State-Owned Enterprises…Pakistan’s Energy Plan…Revised CPEC Strategy…Update and Expand Institutional Structure of the Foreign Office…Trade Roadmap…Finalize Institutional Structure for Internal Security…Revised Action Plan on Enhancing Internal Security…Action against Power Theft…Support for Overseas Pakistanis…Clean Green Pakistan.

“Ensure full autonomy to NAB, and establish a special task force to recover looted national wealth parked in offshore tax havens. Recovered wealth will be used on poverty alleviation programmes and for national debt reduction.” Note: Commitment to ensure autonomy to NAB is addressed through a separate deliverable…The 100 days commitment through which the deliverable was achieved…Transform Governance…Progress Update of First 100 Day…Accountability is at the core of this government, and since day one the Prime Minister has prioritized delivery on this initiative. In the first 100 days, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability has:

Established an Assets Recovery Unit with representation from FIA, NAB, FBR, SBP/FMU and experts on white collar crime and anti-money laundering… Entered into UK/Pakistan Justice and Accountability partnership entailing substantial financial and operational support by UK government for recovery of unlawful wealth… Traced over USD 5.3 billion of the unlawful wealth of Pakistan hidden overseas…Signed and ratified a bilateral treaty with Switzerland for the exchange of financial information.

Initiated the process of bilateral treaties on extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance with UK, UAE, and China… Hold a press conference in December with a detailed progress update on work done in first 100 days and way forward…Initiate forensic audits of mega-projects across Pakistan…Task force to recover unlawful wealth established and functioning – Complete Assets Recovery Unit set up in the PM Office and fully operational – Complete Mutual Legal Assistance Bill 2018 finalized – Complete Declaration of UK/Pakistan Justice and Accountability partnership – Complete Update on work done by the taskforce published at the end of 100 Days – Complete Establish Asset Recovery Unit and Trace Unlawful Wealth… Status Completed and Launched…Champion Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability… Milestone(s) of Federal Government…

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.