Corruption in Pakistan

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Sidra Shoaib

Corruption is an evil, which has played havoc with the socio-economic development of Pakistan. Corruption is a curse and a major hurdle to the progress of Pakistan. According to the World Bank estimates, more than US$1 trillion is paid in bribe every year and according to one estimate the cross-border flow of proceeds from corruption, criminal activities and tax evasion is US$3.61 trillion every year, or the equivalent of 3 to 5 percent of the world’s GDP. The first cause of rapid corruption in Pakistan is lack of accountability. Our institutions like anti-corruption department and National Accountability Bureau- (NAB) are not fully independent. Whether it is military rule or civilian government, these institutions have been influenced and used by both civil and military governments for their personal gains or political victimisation of the opponents.
Reasons behind all of above types of corruption are casual attitude, lack of commitment, non clarity of good values, laziness, personal inability, avoiding hard work, discontentment, much desires and accordingly strong urge for accomplishing or achieving those wishes, jealousy and like more. Someone rightly said that behind every great fortune there is crime. Unfortunately everyone wants great fortune and are least bothered about the part i.e. crime. Quranic verse says that earning halal, judicial and fair livelihood is Ibadat and a person doing so is friend of Allah.
Corruption causes inequity in society and the gap between the rich and the poor increases. It is also regarded as the murder of merit. Corrupt people bypass deserving people and appoint their relatives or supporters to lucrative posts. According to Transparency International report 2011, Pakistan stands at 34th position in the world. The level of corruption has reached the optimum and it is advisable for the government of Pakistan to take some serious action to root out this menace from society.
— Karachi

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