Of Cheques and Balances
Corruption cannot be totally eliminated in Pakistan but, given the will, can be contained somewhat.
Pakistan continues to wallow in corruption and there is no solution to the malady in sight.
Corruption is a gift of capitalism. Laissez faire triggers a rat race for lucre. Money determines the quantum of good life. It is also an indispensable tool for success in politics, especially in a feudal society like Pakistan. There is no space for such abstract things as principles, morality or values. The pull of money is so powerful that even pious people succumb to it so as to acquire the sobriquet like “Maulana Diesel.”
That is why, except for variation in levels, corruption is universal. It can be controlled and reduced to a minimum but, like any other vice, it cannot be totally eliminated. And that is what many countries attempt to do. In America, for example, governors, congressmen and senators guilty of corruption, are punished. In India, similarly, Tamil Nadu’s twice chief minister Jayalalithaa was sentenced last year to four years in jail and a fine of Rs 100 crore for owning assets worth Rs 66.65 crores (including 2,000 acres of land, 30 kg of gold and 12,000 saris) which was disproportionate to her known sources of income.
As for Pakistan, it has been in the race