October 11: The Washington Post states that International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde has said a bailout package for Pakistan would need to be fully transparent. Lagarde said Thursday that she had not yet seen a formal request for help but thought she might receive one later in the day when meeting with Pakistan’s finance minister.
The Diplomat: Imran Khan Takes on Corruption in Pakistan
October 19 – The Diplomat report by Sabena Siddiqi states that throughout his campaigns over the years, Imran Khan, now Pakistan’s prime minister, has always commented on his intention to carry out an intensive anti-corruption drive once in power. Pledging “strict accountability” and a crackdown against “the people who looted this country,” Khan visualized an extensive anti-corruption campaign. Finally, with his recent election, the time seems to have arrived, as unprecedented measures are being taken along with the announcement of a new “whistleblower law” to help end financial crimes.