Corruption in Pakistan- The Root Cause

corruption in Pakistan
One of the most definitive and trusted yardstick of measuring corruption in any country is the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. The 20102 edition of the document has placed Pakistan at 139th place. We are right there with the land of Disposed Princes Whose Heirs Have Access To Email, Nigeria.

No one, least of all the Pakistanis are surprised at the results. We are well aware of the corruption that has become a sort of national tradition- a very sacred tradition at that. We take corruption in such a nonchalant manner that we do not even care to define the term properly.

That is right!

There is no proper legal definition of corruption in Pakistan. What we have is an archaic definition inherited from the British Raj dating back to 1860. There are anti-corruption regulations in place at both federal and provincial levels. But like most regulations, these are used to muzzle political opponents and bureaucrats who refuse to tow the line.

This lack of enforcement of laws is the root cause of corruption in Pakistan. The rules are there but nobody, including the public is willing to put them to good use. You can understand the viewpoint of the government officials who are neck deep in corruption. Why would they prosecute anyone accused of corruption when they themselves are down in the same filth.

The people of Pakistan are to blame for the spread of corruption in Pakistan. Instead of waiting for our turn, the nation culture is to cut in and get to the head of the queue using all tactics. This mindset has pervaded to every section of the society. People now prefer to grease the palm of the clerk rather than waiting for their turn at the counter.

Do we as a nation have the right to complain about the economy going down the drain or the power crisis? What we do on a very small scale is being played out on a much bigger scale. How could corruption of a few thousand rupees be ignored while corruption of billions of rupees is condemned as a crime against country?

Can anyone answer that?

Zafar Iqbal

Zafar Iqbal

Zafar Iqbal is Contributing Editor of Awaz e Pakistan. He strongly believes in the power of words and words represent ideas that cannot be suppressed.
Zafar Iqbal



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