President Mamnoon Hussain has said that corruption breeds extremism and terrorism and therefore it is imperative to completely eliminate this curse.
The President said this while addressing a Seminar on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday. Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage, Law & Justice Senator Pervaiz Rashid and Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chaudhry Qamar Zaman also addressed on the occasion.
The President stated that adoption of simplicity in life preached by Islam is the best way to eradicate corruption adding that we should limit our needs within the earnings. The President said that corruption is a curse and a danger for stability of states which threatens their political, social and economic fabric. “It threatens the harmony in societies and creates dissatisfaction, extremism and terrorism”, remarked the President. The President stated that this menace can be tackled through good governance and empowerment of people to elect their representatives through vote.
The President stated that sense of deprivation and injustice is increasing in the society due to corruption and before this menace inflicts greater damage to our existence it is necessary to eradicate it. The President expressed satisfaction that corruption has decreased during the tenure of the present government which has also been acknowledged by international institutions adding that the government’s resolve against corruption is laudable.
The President said that performance of NAB is good but still this institution should be more proactive and effective so that the curse of corruption could be eliminated from the country.
Earlier, Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage, Law & Justice Senator Pervaiz Rashid addressed the Seminar and expressed the government’s strong resolve and commitment for elimination of corruption. Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that the government believes in transparency and merit adding that there has been no scandal during the tenure of the present government which has internationally promoted the positive image of Pakistan.
President Mamnoon Hussin also inaugurated the launch of a story book titled “Gogi says No to corruption” to raise awareness against corruption and corrupt practices.