No govt depart­ment free of cor­rup­tion: Speaker

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

QUETTA: Balochis­tan Speaker Muham­mad As­lam Bhootani on Thurs­day said that no govern­ment depart­ment was free of cor­rup­tion and ac­cused the govern­ment of­fi­cials of en­cour­ag­ing politi­cians to in­dulge in mal­prac­tices.

He was ad­dress­ing a sem­i­nar ti­tled 'Com­bat­ing Cor­rup­tion' or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) Balochis­tan in con­nec­tion with In­ter­na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Day.

"Dur­ing my ser­vice in Anti-Nar­cotics Force, Fed­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency and po­lice, I ob­served of­fi­cials telling min­is­ters ways of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion and bungling," he al­leged.

Bhootani said that no depart­ment seemed to be free of cor­rup­tion which was very un­for­tu­nate. "It's not re­stricted to govern­ment sec­tor only rather it has crept into the grass­roots level of our nation."

He ac­cused the govern­ment of­fi­cials of en­cour­ag­ing politi­cians for cor­rup­tion.

He added that if an of­fi­cial was re­moved from his or her post for re­fus­ing to obey il­le­gal di­rec­tives of a min­is­ter, then 10 other of­fi­cials were re­day to co­op­er­ate with him.

He said that the of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for cor­rup­tion should face trial and be given ex­em­plary pun­ish­ments to curb this men­ace. He said," to safe­guard our fu­ture, all had to work to­gether to elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion from so­ci­ety. We have to pro­mote merit, strengthen the de­part­ments, side­line cor­rupt el­e­ments and de­velop a strong po­lit­i­cal will".

Home Sec­re­tary Ak­bar Hus­sain Dur­rani opined that lack of ac­count­abil­ity, mea­gre salaries, mo­nop­oly of power, lack of trans­parency, power of in­flu­en­tials and short­age of de­mand and sup­ply were ma­jor causes of cor­rup­tion.

He said cor­rup­tion was com­mit­ted in de­part­ments deal­ing with land trans­ac­tions, tax and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. He said peo­ple had lost their trust in in­sti­tu­tions due to ter­ror­ism, ex­trem­ism and non-pro­vi­sion of ba­sic rights.

He said that black money was also pro­mot­ing cul­ture of cor­rup­tion in the so­ci­ety. He said both pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors were not free of the men­ace. Dr So­bia Ra­mazan rep­re­sen­ta­tive of civil so­ci­ety em­pha­sized the need to ac­ti­vate youth as­so­ci­a­tions and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of stu­dents to raise aware­ness against cor­rup­tion. She lamented that no cor­rup­tion was dis­cussed in cur­ricu­lum at school, col­lege and even uni­ver­sity level.

DG NAB Balochis­tan Maj (retd) Syed Burhan Ali, for­mer min­is­ter Roshan Khur­shid Barocha, se­nior jour­nal­ist Rao Iqbal and stu­dent speak­ers in­clud­ing Je­hangir Bazai, Nayab Sehr, Mr. Behroz and Aeysha Rani also spoke. -App

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