Corruption can be found at all levels in our country. It is deeply entrenched and intertwined with other factors and challenges such as bad governance, ineptness, cronyism, contractual employment, human and drug trafficking and the illegal exploitation of natural resources. Nothing is being done to combat this menace but only cosmetic measures are being taken. 

Had our law makers been genuine to eradicate corruption from the public sector organisation and our society as a whole then they would have put in place structures, institutions, laws and initiatives to address the problem of corruption very much earlier. 

What stops them from the passage into the much desired law of anti-corruption legislative frameworks and the establishment of independent and effective anti-corruption agencies with mandates aimed at addressing the menace of corruption. The specialised anti-corruption bodies at the federal and provincial level have had some successes but a number of challenges continue to hamper their efforts, including lack of independence, political interference, inadequate and unpredictable budgets, capacity gaps and limited cooperation from the public sector organization and slow judicial system. 

HASHIM ABRO,  

Islamabad, June 16.