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Govt ready to cooperate with opposition but no compromise on corruption: PM
September 17, 2020

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the government is ready to cooperate with the Opposition for the sake of the country and democracy but emphatically stated that no compromise will be made on corruption.

Addressing the joint sitting of the Parliament, he said opposition have nothing to do with Pakistan’s interest and they are trying to blackmail the government to protect their interest.

He said during the negotiations with the government on FATF legislation, the opposition had put forward amendments in 38 clauses of the National Accountability Bureau Act, which was tantamount to burying the institution just to safeguard their interests.

Referring to immense money laundering from the Third World to developed countries, he said if it spent at home, the laundered money could help bring human development through construction of schools, hospitals and other infrastructure.

He said the FATF legislation is not merely essential to exclude Pakistan from the FATF’s grey list but also to curb money laundering as according to a State Department report, around 10 billion US dollars was laundered annually from Pakistan, which was near to double the 6 billion dollars IMF loan obtained by the incumbent government.

As the House passed the much-awaited legislation, the opposition benches walked out of the session after their amendments to the proposed bills were rejected by the majority voice vote.