ISLAMABAD: Chairman, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Qamar Zaman Chaudhry on Monday said only those nations have developed and remained successful who have rooted out corruption and injustice from their societies.
“In a similar manner, if we in Pakistan want to become a developed nation it can only be possible if we uproot corruption and show zero tolerance against it,” he said this while addressing a ceremony organized by NAB Sukkur in collaboration with Institute of Business Administration (IBA).
Director General NAB Sukkur, Director IBA and others attended the ceremony.
The Chairman said corruption is a plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies as it undermines development and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, erodes quality of life, distorts markets and ultimately affects the economic development of the society and nation.
He said there is no denying the fact that corruption makes the society to pay in a variety of ways, with extremely detrimental effects as it eats into the economic prospects of a developing country like ours is particular.
“Corruption can take many forms that vary in degree from the minor use of influence to institutionalized bribery,” he said and added it provides the breeding ground for organized crime in the society perpetuates inefficiencies in the system and therefore, spearheads regress and decoy.
The Chairman said Almighty has blessed Pakistan with abundant natural resources and excellent brains but corruption is jeopardizing the use of full potential of these resources, adding that this malaise has been growing in Pakistan for the last 67 years and despite numerous legislations starting from The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947 over 50 plus laws enacted on the subject corruption has continued to increase and has now seeped down to grassroots level.
“Our experience at fighting corruption has led us to understand that enforcement alone cannot be cure to corruption. It requires a coordinated and a concerted effort with a three pronged strategy of Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement,” Qamar Zaman Ch. said.
He said an environment where corruption is endemic, Anti Corruption Agencies in isolation cannot effectively counter the threat so posed. It requires active and complete support of the entire society to curb it.
Each and every segment of the society must supplement the anti corruption effort, he added.
He said the responsibility to educate public on ill-effects of corruption and to make it aware of its adverse effects lies greatly with the media.
“It is important while we ensure that all those guilty of corruption are taken to task. It is equally important to ensure that the innocent are not made to suffer. NAB must not be seen as a tool for political victimization. Nor should NAB be seen as permitting the big fish to go free while punishing the small fry,” the Chairman said.
He said that it has been the prime objective of NAB to take cognizance of corruption cases at the earliest and keeping in view this objective it was felt that people of Sindh have to travel to Karachi for lodging of their complaints and provision of evidence which was a difficult task.
Therefore, he said, NAB has planned to open a new Region in Sukkur which will serve three divisions i.e. Sukkur, Larkana and Shaheed Benazirabad. Now the people from these Divisions can lodge their complaints with NAB Sukkur Office.
He said the NAB has emphasized the importance of students and given them an important role in fight against corruption. In this respect NAB has signed an MOU with Higher Education Commission (HEC) and started developing Character Building Societies (CBS) in the Universities, Colleges and Schools.
Around 4000 Character Building Societies (CBS) have been formed so far with the purpose to create awareness amongst the students regarding the adverse affects of corruption.
The Chairman said, “We can only win this war through collective efforts of all segments of society. We need to show cooperation and spirit to fight the monster of corruption by raising voice against corruption at all levels and join our slogan of “SAY NO TO CORRUPTION.”
DG NAB, Sukkur and Director IBA also addressed the gathering.
Earlier, Chairman NAB inaugurated NAB Sukkur Regional Bureau and unveiled the plaque along with DG NAB Sukkur.