ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday urged the nation to stand united in saying “no to corruption” so as to optimally use national resources for progress and development of the country.
Addressing a seminar marking the International Day of Corruption here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President said only those societies that showed zero-tolerance towards corruption could attain success in all spheres and make unprecedented progress.
The President advised all state institutions, government and non-government organizations and departments to play their part in curbing corruption at all tiers by ensuring transparency in their daily affairs.
President Mamnoon also exhorted the civil society to be at the forefront in helping curb corruption by stigmatizing those who indulge in such malpractice.
He recalled how some years back all those who were involved in corruption were stigmatized by the society and they had to forego it. “If the society discourages such behavior and socially boycotts such persons, things will improve dramatically.”
He said the state must also ensure across the board accountability so that no one dared to indulge in corruption.
The President said the government was committed to eradicate the menace as the limited resources could not be wasted at any cost.
The President mentioned the improvement in Pakistan’s ranking in the international index of corruption and termed it the outcome of effective measures of the government. He hoped that in the years ahead the country’s ranking would improve significantly.
He said corruption had plagued the country for past several decades. Pakistan was not the only one affected by corruption, but the entire world was afflicted with this menace also. It was important to investigate the reasons that encourage malpractice and immediate measures must be taken to improve the state of things, he added.
In this regard he pointed out the important role the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was playing in ridding the country of corruption and had received the highest recognition by the people amongst other public sector organizations.
He particularly lauded NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry for his commitment and honesty and expressed his firm belief that under his guidance the NAB would further improve its efficiency in countering corruption among all segments of society.
The President said the parents in Pakistan were spending huge resources on provision of quality education to their children, but they were missing out the important ingredient, which was their proper grooming, with a focus on character building.
He urged all parents to ensure that character building remains an essential part of growing up of their children so that they know the difference of right from wrong and shirk corruption as an evil.
The President said the NAB could play its part and suggest changes in syllabus for the young students so that they serve the nation with honesty and sincerity.
President Mamnoon distributed certificates among the best officers of NAB for their outstanding performance. He also unveiled a commemorative stamp issued by the Pakistan Post to mark the International Day against Corruption.