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Major operation against money laundering in history to be launched: PM Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that his government will launch the biggest operation against money laundering in history.

The prime minister was speaking to journalists at his office today, where he said that the US State Department said that annually money laundering worth $10 billion takes place from Pakistan.

“Since yesterday have been hearing hue and cry from Sindh,” said the prime minister in an apparent jibe aimed at the Pakistan People’s Party whose leaders are facing an inquiry in relation to fake accounts.

While speaking about the International Monetary Fund and latest installment of loan, PM Imran Khan said that the global finance body will lend money to Pakistan on easier terms.

Mr Khan has said that the incumbent government is not in hurry for International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout package.

“Government will not take IMF’s dictation, neither in hurry for entering into another bailout program,” said PM Khan.

Referring to mini budget, he said the mini budget will not be anti-people; it is aimed to expand business activities in the country.

Warning the people, who are involved in illegal trading of dollar in the country, PM said “They should start counting their days, government is coming after them.”

The prime minister said that the initial four months of were great difficulty as electricity, gas and Pakistan Internal Airlines were all in loss.

He said that the country is still facing issues but it is not a crisis situation, adding that the biggest issue is of disorder in the country.

Following a series of action in wake of the JIT report, the federal government on Friday released a list of 172 suspects whose names have been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Top Pakistan Peoples Party leaders including party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur are among those placed on the no-fly list. Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and former chief minister Qaim Ali Shah are also included in the list.

Earlier today, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said his name was “fitted” in the report presented by the JIT probing a case pertaining to laundering of several billion rupees through fictitious bank accounts in the country.