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15 Dec, 2016


Corruption eroding Pakistani society: Governor

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Justice (R) Saiduzzaman Siddiqui has said that corruption is damaging social norms, resulting in the deterioration of social and moral values while the system of checks and balances is becoming ineffective due to the influence of corrupt elements.

This he said in his message for a seminar, organised by NAB on the ‘Role of State Institutions in promoting Accountability’ here at Governor House on Wednesday.

Former federal law minister Barrister Shahida Jameel, Senator Tanveerul Haq Thanvi, Qasim Rizvi, MPA, NAB (Karachi) Director General Lt Col (R) Sirajul Naeem, NAB Prosecutor General Accountability Waqas Qadeer Dar IBA Karachi Director & Dean Dr Farrukh Iqbal and Transparency International Pakistan's Adil Geelani were also present on the occasion.

In the message, read out by Principal Sectary Mohammad Suleh Ahmed Farooqui, the governor said that even the government departments, meant for public service delivery, had been found involved in corrupt practices, which, he noted, was very unfortunate.

“Corruption is a poison that is slowly and gradually mixing in the blood of our economy; hence spoiling the very fabric of our beloved country,” the governor added.

Siddiqui emphasised that state institutions needed to play a key role in developing a mechanism that had internal checks and balances to fight against the evil of corruption. “Such mechanism will certainly promote a culture of accountability in the systems,” he added. He observed that it was very difficult to find a corruption free society in this ‘materialized world’, and added, “We must strive for an ideal society to give practical shape to the sayings of Quaid-e-Azam.”

He opined that the best way to fight against this menace was to introduce an effective system of checks and balances, self-accountability, adherence to merit and justice.

The governor called upon the policy makers to formulate anti-corruption policies by keeping in view the root causes of this evil. “Not only this, they should also find out effective solutions,” he stressed. He opined that every state institution required strong measures to stop malpractices.

The governor invited the citizens to play their role by assisting the institutions like NAB, adding corruption was nation’s common enemy.

Justice (R) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui said that fight against corruption was not solely the job of one or two institutions. “Rather it is a war that has to be waged by all the state institutions collectively, by playing their role under the given laws and rules,” he argued.

Lauding the role of NAB Karachi, the governor said that the Integrity Award 2016, conferred by Transparency International upon Director General NAB (Karachi) Lt Col (R) Sirajul Naeem, who, in fact, was 5th recipient of the award in the world and first in Pakistan, was the proof of untiring efforts of NAB against corruption.

He congratulated Siraj and his team on such a great achievement.

NAB Karachi DG Col (R) Sirajul Naeem informed on the occasion that NAB had received 6613 complaints in 2016, out of which 120 complaints were thoroughly investigated and an amount of Rs1.739 billion was recovered and deposited in the national exchequer.

“As many as 83 references were also filed while 126 persons were apprehended during the period,” he elaborated.

He praised the government and the people both for their support to the bureau. Former federal law minister Barrister Shahida Jameel, Dr Farrukh Iqbal and Waqas Qadeer Dar also spoke on the occasion.

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