ISLAMABAD:(APS)November 29, 2016- Youth is future of our country. Corruption is root cause of every evil. Corruption has become one of the greatest challenges of the modern era. Some have called it as grave as terrorism since the nexus between the two is quite unholy. Like the rest of the world we too are confronted by the twin menace. Economy and social development of our country has suffered immensely from the detrimental effects of corruption & terrorism. Our Armed Forces are engaged in tackling the monster of terrorism. They have laid innumerable sacrifices in fighting terrorism. Organizations like NAB and other anti-corruption agencies have an equally formidable task in the shape of corruption that we need to weed out. It is in this context that I stand on this podium and want to engage the attention of our youth to partner with NAB in its fight against corruption. Thus the title of today’s seminar “Role of Youth in Eradication of Corruption”. Because I sincerely feel that you are the ones who can be most effective in taking the anti-corruption message to your homes, to your streets, to your localities and create the desired disdain against corruption. The nation belongs to its youth. You are the leaders of tomorrow. What you do today will reflect in the society tomorrow. If we all come forward to build a corruption free society than our dream of a strong Pakistan is not far away. This was stated by Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB while addressing as Chief Guest at a National Seminar on “Role of youth in eradication of corruption” organized by International Islamic University, Islamabad. Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, International Islamic University, senior faculty member and a large number of students of Islamic University attended the seminar.
He said that the perception that corruption is the main cause of trouble prevails around the world. It badly affects the state of economy, standard of living and social justice. Corruption eats up the innocence of people belonging to all walks of life, around the world. Indeed it is no longer a national matter but a transnational phenomenon that affects all societies and economies throughout the world. If a country wants to achieve sustained socio-economic development with healthy foreign investments, corruption must be eliminated at all costs. He said that the ill effects of the menace of corruption have become one of the greatest challenges that every country is confronted with. The more developed countries have managed in reducing its size and scope to a minimum level through sustainable measures like building institutions but it is quite rampant in developing counties.
He said that as head of Pakistan’s apex anti-corruption agency, it is important for me to share my Organization’s efforts for eradication of corruption. The National Accountability Bureau has been consistently engaging all the stakeholders in the fight against corruption in order to uproot this evil from society. NAB works on a three pronged strategy to weed out corruption. It consists of Awareness, Prevention & Enforcement as any single prong cannot give the desired results.
We have laid great stress on Awareness and Prevention. NAB has taken a lead in establishing a path way for effectively combating corruption in the system. Under the Awareness/Education Regime thousands of Character Building Societies (CBS) have been established in educational institutions all over the country for sensitizing our future leadership against corruption. The Awareness/Education Campaign against corruption/corrupt practices has been intensified by the Bureau particularly during the last 3 years. Various seminars, lectures, and events have been held for educating youth about the negative impacts of corruption on society. Our motto is “Say No to Corruption”. It has been disseminated successfully through various platforms i.e. electronic media, print media, seminars, printing it on National ID cards, Driving licenses of all Provinces now carry it, ATM machines also display it. The national cricket and hockey teams are our brand Ambassadors. NAB is closely working with M/o Federal Education for incorporating Anti-Corruption theme in the Curriculum from class I to X. We have also signed an MOU with Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Under the MoU, NAB and HEC are undertaking joint efforts for sensitizing the youth against corruption.
He said that in the field of Enforcement the first step is cognizance of an offence and then investigations follows. On successful completion of Investigation, Prosecution in Court of Law is pursued by NAB so that culprits can be awarded the punishment for the offence. The consolidated conviction rate in courts is a solid 76 % for the first nine months of 2016. The efforts of NAB through enforcement have also created a potent deterrence against corruption and had an overall positive effect. These efforts have started bearing results both at home and abroad. Due to the Bureau’s efforts PILDAT (Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency), Transparency International, Mishal and World Economic Forum have appreciated its performance. The PILDAT has rated public confidence on NAB as 42%, 29% in police, and 26% have confidence in other Government departments. In its report issued in 2015 by Transparency International Berlin it has placed Pakistan at 117th position out of 175 countries. This has been the best position achieved by Pakistan since Transparency International started issuing its CPI ratings. I may remind you that in the 2013 CPI Pakistan stand at 134th position.
He said that responsibility for fighting corruption is not only that of govt. or National Accountability Bureau alone. We therefore must collectively fight to destroy this cancer that eats deeper in to the moral fabric of our society. In this context the role of youth and “that is yourself” gets further enhanced to lead the charge against this national affliction. You need to be in the Vanguard of this campaign against corruption. He said that all of you to join NAB today for renewal of our vows and commitments to eradicate corruption from our beloved country Pakistan so that we leave for our future generations a better and prosperous Pakistan.
He said that the International Anti-corruption Day is commemorated every year throughout the World on 9th of December. The build up to that day is marked by such activities like Seminars, Workshops, Organizing Walking and tabloos which can highlight the importance of work in anti-corruption field. I hope International Islamic University, Islamabad will play a lead role in such activities for the forthcoming 9th December Day. He said that during my visit to Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad last week the students body decided to open an Anti-corruption club in their University just as the Hiking club or any other such activities. I will encourage you to undertake similar activity here also so that you can channelize your efforts in a more concerted manner.
Earlier, Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, International Islamic University appreciated NAB’s performance under the leadership of Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB. He assured that an Anti-corruption club in International Islamic University will be established in order to aware students about the ill effects of corruption. He highlighted the performance of International Islamic University. A large number of teachers and students of International Islamic University attend the seminar and decided to join hands with NAB in its national campaign on” Say No To Corruption”.