Heads will be arrested for sins of their departments

Published: November 12, 2010

Dept heads to be held equally responsible if their department is found guilty of corruption or misconduct, says Malik.

ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday decided that action would be taken against heads of government departments and that they would be held equally responsible if someone in their department was found guilty of corruption or any other misconduct.

This was decided in a meeting chaired by the Minister for Interior Rehman Malik, who reiterated that the government would take strict action against corrupt public office holders. “We wanted that the head of the concerned office should also be arrested for abetment in case of any ‘trap case’ or sting operation,” said the minister.

The meeting also decided that action would be taken against banks for giving loans without adequate guarantees and examination of past transactions of applicants; who were allegedly found to be guilty of bribing bank staff for undue favour.

An oversight committee has been constituted. It consists of four former federal secretaries, NAB, State Bank and departmental heads here on Thursday. However, analysts believe that the attempt was lacking in attention on the government’s behalf due to the lack of a strong mechanism to eliminate corruption.

“A paradigm shift is also needed to take strict action against ‘Hawala’ business as well as to curb money laundering in the market,” said Rehman Malik.

The meeting also decided that the Federal Investigation Agency would expeditiously complete investigations into the malpractices of the Trading Corporation, National Insurance Corporation, Sui Gas and hiring of accommodation for Haj pilgrims and others.

The meeting reviewed modalities for the implementation of the government’s policy to make public offices corruption free through an anti-corruption campaign launched by the Minister on Thursday.

“This is the first step against corrupt elements. The FIA has also been directed to start an inquiry into sugar hoarding and take action against the culprits,” said Malik.

An oversight committee comprising of four federal secretaries, NAB and the Auditor General’s Office will ensure that the campaign is pursued vigorously and that there is no undue victimisation or harassment.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 12th, 2010.

Reader Comments (13)

  • Ali Haider
    Nov 12, 2010 - 9:39AM

    Good step!!!Recommend

  • Yusuf
    Nov 12, 2010 - 9:45AM

    I hope these words are translated into actions, as well. Really looking forward to it.Recommend

  • Nov 12, 2010 - 10:00AM

    http://www.geoshansay.com

    Good Job

    I wish you all the best

    Nobel Khan

    USARecommend

  • SK
    Nov 12, 2010 - 10:21AM

    So Mr. Malik should be the first on to be arrested for all the hell which has broken loose in this country and he being interior minister MUST be answerable for all this mayhemRecommend

  • Arshad Jamal Butt
    Nov 12, 2010 - 10:53AM

    This is good joke:)
    We use to read dozens of these sorts of statements in Pakistani newspapers but they do not act upon single statement. Couple of days back Mr. Abdul Rehamn Malik told Pakistan shall follow Singapore model to eradicate corruption. These are just political statements and practically PPP government did nothing. First they have to remove themselves if they want to eliminate corruption.
    First of all Mr. Malik should resign as Interior Minister because his performance is zero and people are dying in blasts on daily basis and he is head of interior ministry. Am I right? Recommend

  • Asim Ali
    Nov 12, 2010 - 11:50AM

    What a joke. The man who himself has zero credibility and the person who he reports to also have zero credibility. What can the nation expect? Tall claims and that is it. Why did this even make a headline?Recommend

  • Faisal
    Nov 12, 2010 - 11:52AM

    Actions are required… enough talk has been made. I dont think they have the guts to do this…Recommend

  • Syed Rizvi
    Nov 12, 2010 - 12:24PM

    Arrest your President and the whole cabinet !!Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Nov 12, 2010 - 2:19PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Much the best step is being taken by Rehman Malik but arrest first heads of Pakistan who have disappeared billions of Dollars aid received from the world community and world’s advanced nations because in today’s Urdu newspaper “Nawa-i-Waqt Multan edition” this confessional news by PM Gillani is published that from where we give Rs. 80000/flood-effected person.Corruption is in its full swing and very strangely and amazingly where have been gone the billions of aid’s Dollars from the world community and advanced Western nations we begged?Shame,curse and woe be on corrupt and NRO certified leaders and this is true that corruption is the symbol of pride for our leaders.Recommend

  • Asad Farooqui
    Nov 12, 2010 - 3:32PM

    Thanks God he finally come to that there is corruption going on in the country. Genius guy…:)Recommend

  • Mullah Halwa
    Nov 12, 2010 - 4:29PM

    Giving statement and appearing on TV dosent cut it anymore. If you mean bussiness start with your own Party and those found guilty, should be tried openly and in camera
    You can fool the nation Once or Twice but not all the time Now you are just fooling yourself. Anyway let’s see how far do you go with your promiseRecommend

  • stone age
    Nov 13, 2010 - 1:33AM

    i can only smi:)LeRecommend

  • Arshad Jamal Butt
    Dec 30, 2010 - 12:14PM

    How many heads has been arreted after that statement?????
    Please quote 1 name???????Recommend

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