The Government of Kyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on February 4, 2021, appointed Waqar Zaka as an expert on digital assets (Cryptocurrency & Cryptomining). Zaka was the host of the wildly popular reality show Living on the Edge and is now a YouTuber.
The Directorate of Science and Technology of KP formed an advisory committee on the “resolutions and recommendation” of KP’s assembly.
Advisor to Chief Minister (CM) KP on Science and Technology Ziaullah Khan Bangash has been appointed the chairperson for the advisory committee while KP Minister for Finance Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra has been appointed Senior Vice Chairman.
Sharing the news on social media, Zaka said: “I’m hired as a crypto expert by the government of Pakistan, and I have decided not to charge a single penny and I will provide all my services for free.”
Along with the official notification, Zaka also shared a video expressing disappointment with the Sindh government for not taking the necessary steps on digital assets.
“I have contacted the concerned IT person who is working for the Sindh government, and I can show all WhatsApp messages that I have sent to him,” said Zaka. “I have also talked to many people from Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) but no one has taken it seriously.”
“I will work for free. All province should launch their coin, and Pakistan can generate lots of revenue through digital assets. It will also bring innovation in the processes of tax collection. People should ask Bilawal Bhutto, chairman of PPP, that why these facilities aren’t provided to the common people,” added the host.
It is noteworthy to mention that KP is the first province in Pakistan to legalise crypto trading, and the administration is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency.