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Chairman NAB Urged the Youth to Join Hands in Fight Against Corruption

Corruption is mother of all evils. 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 any walk of life, around the world. Indeed it is no longer a national matter but a transitional phenomenon that affects all societies and economies around the world. If a country wants to achieve sustained socio economic development with healthy foreign investment, corruption must be eliminated at all cost. 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 Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Dr. Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-i-Azam University, senior faculty member and a large number of students of QAU attended the seminar.

The Chairman 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 infrastructure but it is quite rampant in developing countries. It is a major reason for inequality in the society and community. In our own case, corruption and misuse of authority is the main challenge. In fact, the nation was warned against this matter by our great leader The Quaid-e-Azam Mohamad Ali Jinnah in the first ever address in the constituent assembly in the following words.

“One of the biggest curses from which India is suffering – I do not say that other countries are free from it, but I think our condition is much worse – is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison. We must put it down with an iron hand and I hope that you will take adequate measures as soon as it is possible for this assembly to do so.“ Unfortunately, the warning and advice went unheeded.

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals are essential.”

Qamar Zaman Chaudhry 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. It is a privilege to mention that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been consistently engaging all stakeholders in the fight against corruption in order to uproot this evil from society. NAB woks on a three pronged strategy to weed out corruption. It consists of awareness/education, prevention and enforcement. He said that we have focused on awareness and prevention. NAB has taken lead in establishing a path way for effectively combating corruption in the system. Under the awareness / education regime, more than 42 thousand character building societies (CBS) have been established in Universities and Colleges all over the country for sensitizing the future leader of our country against corruption.

He urged the youth to join NAB for renewal of our vows and commitments to eradicate corruption form our beloved country so that we leave for our future generations a better and prosperous Pakistan. He said that the International Anti-Corruption Day is commemorated through the World on 9th of December every year.

At the end, he appreciated Quaid-i-Azam University for becoming number one University of Pakistan and hoped that QAU will play a lead role in such activities for the forthcoming 9th December Day. He appreciated the efforts of Vice Chancellor Quaid–i-Azam University for his support which is absolutely critical to the success of the mission of eradication of corruption. He said that the National Accountability Bureau is committed to its firm resolve to fulfill its commitment to the task of making Pakistan a Corruption free nation. Inshallah.

Earlier, Dr. Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-i-Azam University appreciated NAB’s performance under the leadership of Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB. He highlighted the performance of QAU which led towards its ranking for becoming number one University of Pakistan.