Alvi calls for ef­forts to elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion

Khaleej Times - - PAKISTAN -

Each year bil­lions of ru­pees of the pub­lic money are lost be­cause of cor­rup­tion in the form of em­bez­zle­ments and mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion

Arif Alvi, Pres­i­dent

islamabad — Pres­i­dent Dr Arif Alvi has said that cor­rup­tion in Pak­istan hurts the econ­omy as well as busi­ness. Cor­rupted economies re­mained un­able to func­tion prop­erly be­cause cor­rup­tion pre­vented free func­tion­ing of nat­u­ral laws of the econ­omy.

“Al­though it has wide­spread im­pli­ca­tions on our lives, the econ­omy bears the main brunt and in turn sab­o­tages pros­per­ity of the na­tion,” the pres­i­dent said in a message on the In­ter­na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Day be­ing com­mem­o­rated on De­cem­ber 9.

“Each year bil­lions of ru­pees of the pub­lic money are lost be­cause of cor­rup­tion in the form of em­bez­zle­ments, bribes and mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds which di­rectly af­fect the abil­ity of the gov­ern­ment to pro­vide even proper ba­sic ser­vices to the pub­lic and de­nies them their fun­da­men­tal rights,” he added.

He noted that the sheer scale of the chal­lenge called for com­bined ef­forts to con­front this chal­lenge head on. “The gov­ern­ment is committed to erad­i­cate this can­cer. The Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bu­reau (NAB) alone can­not win this fight,” he added.

The pres­i­dent called upon all seg­ments of so­ci­ety to stand to­gether in bring­ing about the change in their be­hav­iours and con­trib­ute to­ward ef­forts in putting an end to cor­rup­tion to sup­port eco­nomic growth in or­der to bring pros­per­ity. — APP

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