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Hafeez To Win Senate Polls, Pakistan To Come Out Of FATF Grey List: Rasheed

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Sunday said Pakistan would come out of the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as it has complied with almost all points in the global watchdog’s action plan.

Addressing a press conference here, the minister said Pakistan has complied with 24 out of 27 points of FATF and it would come out of its grey list. The remaining three points would also be cleared soon and the country would succeed in exiting the FATF’s grey list during its next meeting, the minister opined.

Regarding the Senate elections on Islamabad seat, the minister said Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh would succeed on it as he worked hard in the economic team of Imran Khan to stabilise the economy.

Sheikh Rasheed further said Hafeez Sheikh studied from the best universities of the world, including Oxford and Cambridge, and earned a doctorate degree in economics.

The current account deficit of $20 billion was converted into surplus and the exchange rate also improved due to the efforts of Hafeez Sheikh, he said, adding that his forefathers also remained active in politics in their times. After winning the Senate elections, he would be in a better position to contribute productively in the prosperity of the country, said the minister.

He claimed that Yusuf Raza Gilani tried to protect the corruption of Asif Ali Zardari and was disqualified. Gilani, he said, gave the necklace donated by Turkey’s first lady in 2010 for flood victims to his wife which was later returned after the issue was highlighted.

Sheikh Rasheed termed the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Sri Lanka as `historic’ and said that Imran Khan offered a role for improving the ties between China and the United States.

He said the civil military relations are exemplary and precedent has been set for better understanding between both of them in future to put the country on the right track of development.

He further said that Pakistan, under the leadership of Imran Khan, is enjoying good relations with the United States, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the Arab world. Peace in Afghanistan is crucial and Pakistan always wanted stability there, he added.

Pakistan has a significant status among the comity of nations as naval exercises of around 40 countries have been conducted here, said interior Minister.

A successful discussion with India would be possible only when India restores Jammu and Kashmir’s status and includes it on the agenda of talks. Setting aside the Kashmir issue would be a betrayal, he added.

The minister said the Armed Forces and People of Pakistan had rendered great sacrifices for the country and no one would be allowed to undermine it.

Recalling the successful operation by Pakistan Air Force on February 27, 2019, he said, “Our great force achieved victory and foiled the nefarious designs of India on that day.”

The minister said the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Senate elections would be exemplary. He further said adjustment on Punjab seats in Senate was made as per proportionate of parties’ seats in the Punjab legislature and nothing unusual would happen in other provinces and Islamabad. TLTP

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