WEB DESK: Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif said that across the board accountability is necessary for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan.
While addressing at Signal Regimental Centre Kohat on Tuesday, the Army Chief said that the ongoing war against terrorism and extremism being fought with the backing of entire nation cannot bring enduring peace and stability unless the menace of corruption is not uprooted.
According to ISPR, the Army Chief underscored the need for an across-the-board accountability which is necessary for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of the country and Pakistan armed forces will fully support every meaningful effort in that direction, which would ensure a better future for our next generations. The Army Chief maintained that Pakistan Army is ready to offer its cooperation to root out corruption. “Without ending corruption, Pakistan will not become peaceful and strong,” he said. “The disease of corruption is destroying the roots of Pakistan,” he said.
The Army Chief further said Pakistan Army has total cooperation of masses in the war against terrorists. “Terrorism will be combed out throughout Pakistan,” he said. At an installation ceremony, CoAS pinned the badges of rank on the shoulders of Major-General Sohail Ahmed Zaidi, Signal-in-Chief to formally install him Colonel Commandant of Corps of Signal.
Interacting with officers, men and families of Shuhada, the CoAS commended the extraordinary efforts of ranks of signals corps in providing communication support to the Operation Zarb-e-Azb. He also appreciated the sacrifices rendered both by men in uniform and civilians alike in defeating terrorists and dislodging them from their bases. Pakistan’s political scene has been marred by corruption allegations following the Panama leaks, which have accused many leaders, including the Sharif family, of offshore investments.
Even before the Panama Papers scandal, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was investigating several senior members of the ruling party PML-N over corruption. Earlier, on November 11, 2015, General Raheel Sharif had told a corps commanders’ meeting that good governance is a pre-requisite for development and better results. This statement had received an overwhelming response from politicians. Talking to Business Recorder, Lieutenant General Talat Masood (retd) said the message is loud and clear that there is no place in Pakistan if you will not stop corruption. He said Pakistan Army is upset as all the sacrifices of armed forces are going in vain if the incidents of corruption are not stopped. Corruption has always remained major issue of the country but now it has come under focus, he added.
Source: Business Recorder