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War against corruption

MINISTER for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry Sunday vowed that the looted money of corrupt politicians would be brought back from abroad and reiterated that fighting corruption was not the responsibility of Prime Minister Imran Khan alone, rather the entire state entities, society and the nation needed to play their role in this connection. Speaking at a joint news conference along with Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar and Special Assistant to PM on Accountability Shahzad Akbar, he alleged that the Sharif Family laid foundation of modern corruption in Pakistan, while Asif Ali Zardari brought about innovation in it, hence the two parties looted the national wealth and then whiten it on the pattern of Hudaibiya Paper Mills.
Corruption is one of the most serious issues facing the country and people have come to realize the extent to which corruption and bribery have undermined their welfare and stability. Government, the private sector and civil society alike have consequently declared the fight against corruption to be of the highest priority. PTI Government’s focus on campaign against corruption is also understandable as it came to power with the slogan of eliminating the menace so that the country could progress and develop. However, despite focus on the issue and claims of the Government, practically there is hardly any worthwhile progress towards elimination of corruption from the society and this is mainly because it is considered to be a tool of political victimization. There is general impression that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is not pursuing the process of accountability across the board and is selective in picking up cases and these are publicized to harm some political parties and politicians. It is also believed that the government leaders too are responsible for bringing the process into disrepute because of their almost daily statements and remarks against opposition politicians. There is an institution to hold accountability and the Government too claims that the institution is independent. Therefore, instead of indulging into a campaign that harms the very objective of accountability, the Government should, instead, strengthen hands of NAB and courts and allow them to go for accountability of all those who commit corruption or indulge in wrong-doing.