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Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday has welcomed the US President-elect Joe Biden’s declared stance to establish a policy that will target dirty money, an initiative that matches Khan’s vision and a key focus of his decades-long political struggle to make the state corruption free. To put it bluntly, both Joe and Khan are in favor of crackdown on the corruption mafia in their respective countries.
“I welcome US President-elect Biden’s declared intent of a policy targeting dirty money,” Prime Minister Imran Khan quoted a media report in a tweet, which had stated, “Joe Biden is expected to make a crackdown on illicit finance both at home in the United States and abroad a centerpiece of his administration.”
Even as Vice President of the US, Biden had also led Obama administration’s fight against corruption and a government whose corrupt leaders use political power to appropriate the wealth of their nation. This fact was also demonstrated in an article Biden published in another publication, made in spring.
Earlier in the year in a March/April issue of Foreign Affairs, almost eight months before the US November elections, Joe Biden had written a piece titled, “Why America Must Lead Again – Rescuing U.S. Foreign Policy After Trump”. In said piece in the Foreign Affairs Magazine, Biden promised a new vision for the United States of America, as well as the world. Biden wrote;
“I will lead efforts internationally to bring transparency to the global financial system, go after illicit tax havens, seize stolen assets, and make it more difficult for leaders who steal from their people to hide behind anonymous front companies.”
Seems like this pre-election vision of President-elect Biden resonated a cord in some key areas with the government of PM Imran Khan. This is evident by the fact that Prime Minister Imran Khan has very openly endorsed the US president elect’s viewpoint. PM Khan also said that the developing countries were being impoverished by their corrupt elites who launder money to richer countries and offshore tax havens.
I welcome US President elect Biden's declared intent of a policy targeting dirty money. Developing countries are being impoverished by their corrupt elites who launder money to richer countries and offshore tax havens.https://t.co/40GcFhprtz
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 9, 2020
A Mutual Vision to Fight Corruption
Both Joe Biden and Khan, in their political careers, have shown similar intentions of combating corruption. As for Biden, he described the need for fighting corruption in the Foreign Affairs as “the core national security interest and democratic responsibility of the administration”. He had also aspired to fight corruption, not just in the US but all over the world, with his suggestion of hosting a “Summit for Democracy” in order to achieve global democracy.
One of the proposed summit’s key roles would be to fight corruption. All of these ideas will, no doubt, be music to PM Khan’s ears as all of his politics, since the beginning, has been shaped against corruption and abuse of political office. This can be seen since the very start of his strong political campaign when he first addressed a large gathering in the historic Lahore Jalsa that took place in October 2011.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s subsequent election campaigns (2013 and 2018) and his government since coming to power in 2018 has also focused hard on this agenda. Inside conversations from people familiar with the PMO confirm that Imran Khan sincerely believes that a modern democracy survival is impossible without an end to abuse of political powers and that his government is built upon this belief.
Like Biden’s vision for global democracy, PM Khan has also taken his views internationally, pressing on the western governments that money looted from Pakistan and stashed safely in western banks and properties – by previous leaders like the Zardaris and Sharifs – should be returned. With such common convictions in the fight against corruption, it is only a matter of when the two leaders come together to fight this evil.