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Curbing corruption, retrieving country’s wealth biggest challenges: PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that curbing corruption and retrieving wealth of the country, amassed through illegal means and laundered abroad, were among the biggest challenges for the government.
The prime minister was chairing a meeting of the Ministry of Interior at the PM Office.
PM Imran emphasised upon the need for greater coordination between the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to fight white collar crimes and other corrupt practices.
He said that every effort would be made to accomplish those goals besides putting in place a robust system that could be an effective deterrent against such things in future.
The prime minister said that overseas Pakistanis, the most valuable asset of the country, were ready to bring their money to Pakistan and invest in various sectors of the economy.
He, however, added that there was need to provide them a conducive environment that ensured safety and security of their lives and property.
The prime minister said that the Ministry of Interior and its attached departments should play their role more effectively towards ensuring service delivery, improving overall security situation in the country and providing a sense of security to the citizens.
Adviser to PM on Institutional Reforms Dr Ishrat Hussain, Special Assistant to PM Naeem-ul-Haq, Special Assistant to PM Iftikhar Durrani, MNA Shyaryar Afridi, Secretary Interior Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, Secretary to PM Azam Khan and senior officers heading various attached departments of the Ministry of Interior were present during the meeting.
Secretary Interior Yousaf Naseem Khokhar made a detailed presentation about the functions of the ministry and relevant departments.
He also briefed the prime minister about various steps taken by the ministry, including adoption of legislative measures and policies, to combat terrorism, prevent smuggling, human trafficking and curbing electronic and other crimes.