ISLAMABAD: Quaid-e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan had said, “One of the biggest curses…is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison. We must put it down with an iron hand”.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry recalled the father of the nation’s words while speaking at the Pak Secretariat as the chief guest at a ceremony which included students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Karachi and its vice-chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali.
NAB is committed to eradicate corruption by adopting a zero tolerance policy across the board he said talking to guests from Sindh Madressatul Islam, the alma-mater of Quaid-e-Azam.
He said that the youth are the future of our country. Corruption is the root cause of every evil. Corruption has become one of the greatest challenges of the modern era. He said youth are the ones who can be most effective in delivering the anti-corruption message to their homes, to their streets, to their localities and create the desired disdain against corruption. The nation belongs to its youth. They are the leaders of tomorrow. What you do today will reflect in our society tomorrow. If we all come forward to build a corruption-free society, our dream of a strong Pakistan is not far away.
He said NAB is essentially a complaint-oriented organisation which was established to eradicate corruption and recover looted money from the corrupt.
He said that NAB has established its first forensic science lab (FSL) in NAB Rawalpindi/Islamabad. The forensic science lab has facilities of digital forensics, questioned documents and fingerprint analysis. NAB had organised a seminar of SAARC countries on anti-corruption in September 2016 in which NAB became the first Chairman of SAARC Anti-Corruption forum for collaborative efforts for eradication of corruption on the basis of best practices. NAB is a role model for SAARC Countries.
He pointed out that Pakistan is the only country whose CPI index decreased from 126 to 117 which was a great achievement. He said that NAB is committed to eradicate corruption from the country by adopting zero tolerance policy for corruption free Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2017.