Miftah Ismail

On Sunday, Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) leader Zulfikar Bukhari offered free consultancy services and coaching on Web 3.0 to Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, after the Minister admitted that he did not know about the third-generation internet (Web 3.0). Miftah Ismail had stated this in reply to a question at the Atlantic Council, an American think tank in the field of international affairs. 


Zulfi Bukhari Offers Free Lessons to the Finance Minister on Web 3.0 


“We’ll give you free consultancy services & coaching on Web 3.0 Miftah, but please don’t embarrass Pakistan like that next time,” Zulfi Bukhari stated in a tweet quoting a video of the Atlantic Council. The video is circulating on social media in which Finance Minister Miftah Ismail is asked about his view on the emergence of Web 3.0 which the questioner thought is a 100-billion-dollar export prospect for Pakistani talent in the next 20 years.


Let Me Just Confess That I Really Don’t Know What Web 3.0 is: Miftah Ismail


Furthermore, mentioning the potential of digital currency, the questioner asked what the Finance Minister thought about enabling the new economic opportunities for the Pakistanis. Miftah Ismail blatantly and “shamelessly”, as described by some Twitteratis, stated, “Let me just confess that I really don’t know what Web 3.0 is… I don’t really know so much about this, but I know that the fintech and new technology companies in Pakistan attracted a lot of money last year and from a very low base.”


The Minister further stated, “We want to have them flourish as much as we can. I don’t really know much that we can do to help them. I know a lot we can do to harm them. So, I think as long as the government stays away from them that would help them. But there is a tendency in Pakistan. I will let them be there and let them play their own game and hopefully, they will rise and keep the government away from them. That’s my short answer. But I am really not that educated on the fintech.”


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