By Ansar Abbasi
ISLAMABAD: While the rulers and top politicians, including those belonging to the opposition parties, are reluctant to bring their money back to Pakistan at a time when the country needs it the most, an overseas Pakistani has transferred thousands of dollars on behalf of his family to save his homeland from falling into the IMF trap.
Dr Yasir Khan from Australia has also forwarded an e-mail titled “Send foreign exchange to homeland” to Pakistani journalists and newspaper offices, urging their countrymen to transfer their money to Pakistani banks.
“The objective? Let the money reside in Pakistani banks. Time has come for Pakistanis to aid Pakistan,” the message received by this correspondent reads at a time when policy makers in Islamabad are all set to get a bailout from the IMF after Islamabad terribly failed to mobilise its so-called friends.
“Let others, especially our billionaire and millionaire leaders like Nawaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari, Ishaq Dar, Humayun Akhtar, Admiral (retd) Mansur, Lt-Gen (retd) Zahid Ali Akbar, bankers like Shaukat Aziz and Shaukat Tareen and many others bring their dollars back as it will evoke the much needed confidence among the expatriates,” the e-mail further reads.
It added: “Such difficult times come not that often in the life of a nation and can make or mar it. A spontaneous action by the Pakistanis could inject a new blood in Pakistan’s economy and may very well result in the breaking of the begging bowl once for all.”
Dr Yasir said in his e-mail that he himself had transferred a thousand dollars per head on behalf of his each family member only to facilitate the country financial stability. A spirited appeal for a measly $350 per head will not go unnoticed as most of the Pakistanis I know are more than willing to lay down their lives for Pakistan not just send remittances. I hope you will join me in this initiative. The time has come for Pakistanis to aid Pakistan,” he said.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Shaukat Tareen expects that Pakistan is likely to receive US$1.5 billion remittances by the end of November 2008 whereas the country requires US$4-5 billion within one month.
Source: The News, 27/10/2008