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Pakistan's Best Tax Collector Fired

Here's the "controversial" videoclip:

Mr. Abdullah Yusuf, the most effective tax collector in Pakistan's history, has been fired while traveling overseas on official business.
It seems that the critics of President Musharraf have been obsessed with a YouTube video clip showing Mr. Yusuf dancing and President Musharraf and former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz smiling. The focus has been on judging the performance of Mr. Yusuf on the dance floor and his relationship with Mr. Musharraf rather than his undeniable accomplishments as the chief tax collector of Pakistan. Indeed, this is sad day for Pakistan.

Mr. Yusuf's key accomplishments include doubling of the revenue collection to achieve an aggressive target of over Rs 1.04 trillion in 2007-08; implementation of broad-based reforms within the tax system; universal self-assessment regimes; paperless customs clearances and e-filing systems and customer responsiveness with the business trade and bodies for creating a friendly business environment. Before Mr. Yusuf's reforms, the tax collection bureaucracy in Pakistan was notoriously corrupt and inefficient and he faced a lot of internal resistance. Mr. Yusuf is a chartered accountant and financial management consultant with extensive experience in public and private sectors.

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Comment by khalid Hassan on August 1, 2008 at 11:16pm
With no disrespect intended, I really feel sorry for the guy, he must be expecting a raise or promotion for his OUTSTANDING performance (absolutely hilarious) that amused the entire crowd, especially put smile on some very important people's face. I am not sure why some people are upset about it, for the first time I see a bureaucrat dancing for people who always does otherwise………..What a tragedy!
Comment by Riaz Haq on August 2, 2008 at 7:41am
Most of Musharaf's critics wouldn't pay much attention to Abdullah Yousuf and his accomplishments until they saw him dance. While it gave some people a reason to smile, Musharraf's critics were "shocked" by Yousuf's "un-Islamic" behavior and saw another opportunity to go after him. These critics don't care much for good governance, they just want Musharraf's hide. The story of Abdullah Yousuf reveals a lot about how many Pakistanis think and judge each other.

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