ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday underlined the need for taking efficient and effective measures for preventing and combating the menace of corruption.
The President emphasized on rigorous implementation of anti-corruption laws for curbing corruption, a press release said.
The President was addressing a seminar titled “Say No To Corruption”, organized by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day here at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Those who attended the seminar included, among others, Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms Ahsan Iqbal, Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, and senior officials of NAB and President Secretariat.
The President said that corruption poses grave threat to the very fabric of a society and stressed on the need to determine and check the elements fostering it. Unchecked corruption not only erodes democratic institutions, stunts economic growth but also degrades ethical values, observed the President. Therefore, there is a need to devise cohesive strategies and plan of action for fighting and uprooting corruption from the country.
The President also called for further strengthening the anti-corruption departments and institutions particularly NAB enabling them to positively continue making efforts in weeding the curse of corruption. The President emphasized on stringent and impartial application of rule of law for controlling and eliminating corrupt practices in the country.
According to the Press Release the President also stressed on
raising awareness against corruption adding that it was the
collective social responsibility to fight and beat this menace. Only
through ensuring transparency, openness and accountability in all
public affairs can we realize the dream of a corruption free
society, observed the President.
The President pointed to the important role the National
Accountability Bureau (NAB) was playing in ridding the country of
corruption and has received highest recognition by the people
amongst other public sector organisations.
He particularly lauded Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Ch for his
commitment and honesty and expressed his firm belief that under his
guidance NAB would further improve its efficiency in countering
corruption from all segments of society.
The event organised by the National Accountability Bureau
(NAB) was held to mark the day observed to create awareness among
the people about waste of huge resources that could have been
used for their welfare.
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said the
government was committed to eradicating corruption from the society
and said holding of the event reflected government’s will to turn
the tide and raise Pakistan’s ranking.
He said fight against corruption was a new beginning and was
being fought from the highest echelon’s of the government. He vowed
that government would make Pakistan amongst the best governed
countries of the world. He said the PML-N government was committed
to good governance and institutional reforms.
He said Pakistan today had a stronger democracy, a vibrant
civil society and an independent judiciary and stressed that these
positivities need to be exploited.
He said NAB today was not being used for political
victimisation and was purely an impartial and apolitical
organisation focussed on eliminating corruption from the society.
Ahsan Iqbal said corruption stifles growth, shies away
investment and undermines democracy. He said only by pursuing a
policy of three “Cs” – Commitment to fight corruption, Collaboration
for united efforts and need for Continuity can play an important
Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Ch appreciated the role of the
government in its commitment to eradicate corruption from the
He said the function at the Presidency reflected “the firm
resolve, unflinching commitment and continued support of the
President, the State, the Government and the people of Pakistan to
rid our beloved country of the malaise of corruption which is eating
into the very vitals of our society.”
He said objective of the seminar was to create the much needed
awareness against the albatross of corruption, mobilize public
opinion and together Say “NO” to Corruption.
Chairman NAB said the menace of corruption has links to a
multitude of vices and leads to injustice, mistrust, suspicion and
extremism. “It creates a sense of insecurity, hopelessness and
despondency,” he added.
He pointed that the menace of corruption and poverty were
closely interlinked. Persistently seeing corruption in almost every
facet of government, day to day working and the difficulties
experienced in an honest behavior, many people simply accept
corruption as the immutable status quo.
He said National Accountability Bureau was established in
compelling circumstances to fight and eradicate corruption in a
holistic and integrated manner.
He said NAB was a complaint driven organization and priority
on cases was assigned keeping in view its nature, the amount of
monies involved, the social impact and the number of affected.
Top most priority was accorded to complaints of corruption
against NAB’s own officials and they need to follow a strict Code of
Conduct and zero tolerance against corruption is to be visibly
Ch Qamar Zaman said in the last one year NAB has prosecuted the
corrupt and has recovered over Rs. four billion of looted public
money in one year, bringing the total recovery todate to Rs. 261
billion. The allocation to NAB for its working since creation are
Rs: 7.6 billion, which was only 2.75% of the recoveries made by NAB.
The number of applications received in this year were 19900,
double the number of 10500 received in the previous year.
He termed the increase in applications to NAB reflective of
people’s confidence in its work.
He mentioned PILDAT’s latest report that rated NAB’s
performance at 42 % based on public survey. This compares quite
favorably to 29% public confidence in Police and 26% in Government
officers working. The rate of success of NAB’s prosecution work in
all courts was 70%.
He said since its inception, NAB has adopted the Enforcement
based approach in the fight against corruption. Special focus was
therefore being given to Awareness and Prevention activities to
spread the message against corruption. Character Building Societies
(CBS) were being set up in educational institutions across the
country to build an effective edifice against corruption.
He said for the first time Anti-Corruption has been made a
part of development agenda in Pakistan and the Planning Commission
has included a chapter devoted to issues of corruption in the 11th
five year plan
He also mentioned the latest Transparency International report
(CPI) that has graded Pakistan at 126th position out of 175
countries worldwide. This compares very favorably with the position
of last two years and said it was the highest position attained by
Pakistan since Transparency International started the ratings in
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