Pakistan and the culture of Corruption


Rahib Ali Rind
Gone were the days, when Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was appointed as the first Governor General of Pakistan, the state fixed his salary only one rupee. Besides that, he gave message to a nation regarding an evil of corruption, "Corruption is a poison, we must put that down with an iron hand." Pakistan, being a sovereign nation-state on the one hand, is in the midst of the worst
innumerable internal and external hurdles in this globalized world on the other hand. Abect corruption the head of institution. As per Transparency International's 2019 report, Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranks the country 120th out of 180 countries in the world. It is an alarming stage in the land of Quaid. Moreover, absence of awareness among the masses, passive role of corruption   departments and scarcity of strict laws are major culprits in this regard. Furthermore, lack of transparency discretionary powers of governmental officials and absence of self-accountability furtheraggravated the culture of corruption. Last but not least, low salary packages, poor role of civil society and insufficient bit part of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) are equally to blame in emerging
power of this cancer by leaps and bounds. Consequently, whatever there is high ratio of corruption, there is always bad governance, economic backwardness, reduction in cost recovery ratio, disaster o great magnitude, woes of common man and political instability. As a result, these jolts tarnished the image of an Islamic republic. As every problem has some remedies, perfect rule of law, sustained democracy and an independent and active judiciary can cut the roots of corruption. All in all, it can be said that corruption has wrecked havoc in the country. If, however, concrete steps are taken to root it
out, it will loss it’s ground forever.