'Merely passing laws to fight corruption not enough'

The Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid says this government has ‘zero tolerance’ for corruption


Our Correspondent September 22, 2017
The Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid says this government has ‘zero tolerance’ for corruption. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The fight against corruption cannot simply be won by passing laws, no matter how strict, as it requires concerted efforts of the entire society to unite against this evil.

This was stated by Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid while addressing the launching ceremony of the Country Review Report in compliance with the implementation Review Mechanism of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). The event had been organised by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Office Pakistan.

Hamid said that the policy of this government was “zero tolerance” for corruption — clearly stated in the chapter on “Corruption and Accountability” in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz’s manifesto.

He added that Pakistan is one of the 182 states who ratified the UNCAC. In accordance with the mechanism for review of the implementation of the convention, the mandatory peer country review has been conducted by experts from Norway and the Solomon Islands. During the review process, the law ministry, NAB and nine other stakeholders were actively involved in the process.

He added that the report highlights the progress made by the government and NAB to counter corruption and presents a set of recommendations and priorities to enhance the institutional and operational framework and the capacity of the relevant institutions in Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2017.

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