Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Taking on smugglers, speculators and mafias

Taking down them requires careful planning, intelligence gathering and coordinated law enforcement effort

A currency dealer counts US dollar bills at a currency exchange office, in Karachi on Thursday, July 13, 2023. — PPI
A currency dealer counts US dollar bills at a currency exchange office, in Karachi on Thursday, July 13, 2023. — PPI

An army general has declared an all-out war against smugglers, currency speculators and powerful mafias. These groups possess significant resources, including weapons and manpower. These powerful mafias have long operated with impunity and have often challenged the authority of the state. Such a move by an army general will have far-reaching implications for Pakistan’s society, economy and security.

These smugglers, currency speculators and powerful mafias engage in illegal and illicit activities that have a detrimental impact on Pakistan’s economy. Smuggling leads to revenue losses for the government and harms legitimate businesses.

Currency speculators involved in illegal foreign exchange transactions disrupt the stability of Pakistani rupee and the country’s overall financial system. By declaring an all-out war on these groups, the army general aims to curb these economic challenges and promote legal and transparent economic activities.

To be certain, smugglers and powerful mafias operate clandestinely and have a well-entrenched network. Taking them down requires careful planning, intelligence gathering, and a coordinated law enforcement effort. The military will need to deploy significant resources, personnel and technology to combat these groups effectively.

The army general must contend with potential pushback from these powerful groups, which may have political connections and significant financial resources.

In an era when trust in leadership holds immense significance, the army general serves as a shining beacon of responsibility, skillfully guiding Pakistan away from the precipice of chaos and onto a trajectory of lasting stability.

In a global landscape where leaders frequently face scrutiny for their deeds rather than mere rhetoric, he provides a compelling illustration of unyielding accountability and resolute guardianship.

Only a man unencumbered by the weight of past baggage can declare an all-out war of this kind. Only someone free from personal entanglements can undertake such risky undertakings.

A clean slate and unwavering dedication bear significant weight. He personifies the epitome of a truly exceptional professional soldier.

Through his embodiment of responsibility and leadership, he has skillfully steered Pakistan away from the brink of turmoil. In a nation yearning for change, his bold actions resonate deeply.

His clean slate, unburdened by past baggage, symbolizes a beacon of hope and transformation.

In the face of formidable adversaries and monumental challenges, the army general’s declaration of an all-out war against smugglers, currency speculators, and powerful mafias stands as a testament to his unwavering commitment to Pakistan’s future.

These illicit groups, armed with substantial resources, have long cast shadows over our nation, testing the very foundations of our state.

To be sure, the battle ahead is neither simple nor straightforward.

These clandestine groups have woven intricate webs of influence and power, demanding meticulous planning, intelligence gathering, and a synchronized law enforcement effort.

In the annals of our nation’s history, this chapter will be remembered as a turning point, where one man’s resolute determination paved the way for Pakistan’s transformation and resilience.

The general’s declaration marks a profound moment in Pakistan’s journey toward a more just, secure, and prosperous future.

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad. He tweets/posts @saleemfarrukh and can be reached at: [email protected]

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Originally published in The News