9 December: International Anti-Corruption Day NAB & Elimination of Corruption from Country | by: Muhammad Zeeshan Anwar

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9 December: International Anti-Corruption Day NAB & Elimination of Corruption from Country

Corruption has been proving its presence globally since early periods of time to date.

At some specific regions, it has immensely effected the societies, contrary to that, some places are where corruption can hardly be observed and noticed anywhere, whereas, some nations are known as mildly effected by corruption and corrupt practices.

The reason is, there are certain known elements which promote corruption in societies, the elements like unjustified and meritless distribution of financial resources, greed of wealth among masses, cunning aptitude to grab and plunder capitals.

In some cases there are few other corruption contributing factors as seeking short cuts and opting unjustified means to gain financial benefits like the patterns of plundering, cheating, fraud, accumulating unjustified sources of income and misusing the conferred authority to grab money even by depriving someone from his legal rights, all those are known as the illegal sources to earn resources.

Every year, on the occasion of International Anti-corruption Day, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) organizes main ceremony at Presidency, Islamabad, whereas, the regional Bureaus of NAB organize ceremonies and Seminars to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day at provincial level.

In this connection, NAB Lahore under the vibrant supervision of its Director General (DG), Mr. Ali Sarfraz Hussain also organized a mega annual event at Alhamrah Arts Council, Lahore.

The event was graced as chief Guest by Hon’able Governor Punjab, Mr. Muhammad Balig-ur-Rahman and Mr. Asghar Nadeem Syed, Mr. Tasnim Norani and Vice Chancellor Government Home Economics University, Dr. Kanwal Amin as the guests on stage along with other dignitaries from numerous walks of life, media officials, faculty members and students from different Schools, Colleges and Universities for their contribution in the sacred cause of anti-corruption to show their commitment for further enhancing the efforts to combat corruption.

DG NAB stated that the ill effects of corruption play havoc with the society and also in the form of bad shaped economy, unemployed youth, weak infrastructure, non-welfare of masses, hampered development and progress of the nation beside many others.

No wonder this is how Pakistan ranks very low in the current rankings of the Corruption Perception Index – CPI.

DG NAB Lahore also pointed out that the unfortunate fact that certain elements of the upper strata of society through the nefarious designs of elite capture, play with the very fabric of the society and go against the law particularly in the domain of Anti-Corruption.

This, in turn, badly affects and hampers the development of a country and also leads to absence of level playing field and equality causing sense of deprivation in society along with moral and social decay all due to mother of all crimes that is Financial Corruption.

By highlighting the remedy to overcome the said ill effects of corruption, he said, a comprehensive policy document has been formulated in the shape of “NACS – National Anti-Corruption Strategy”, the document plays a key role for the working of NAB besides being a pivot depicting the vision of the leadership, commitment and resolve meant for the eradication of corruption.

While commenting in the Seminar, Mr. Muhammad Balig-ur-Rehman expressed his thoughts that International Anti-Corruption Day is being commemorated to refresh our commitment for displaying unmatched resistance to the menace of corruption.

Keeping in view the need to address this global threat, multiple measures have been designated by the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), Pakistan being the signatory of UNCAC, is determined to work with full dedication till we achieve our goal of making Pakistan a Corruption Free Country, for the purpose what we need as a nation is to stand shoulder to shoulder against corruption and all corrupt elements.

At the eve of International anti-corruption Day, Mr. Aftab Sultan stated that 9th December is being celebrated to highlight the adverse impacts of corruption on socio-economic development across the globe.

Every year, this day reminds us about the seriousness of damages that have been caused by the menace of corruption to the development of states and is still causing imbalance in the socio-economic and socio-political conditions.