Mian Nawaz Sharif has come out very strongly against the NRO and so has the PML-Q, ANP and MQM. It seems, though, that they do not walk the talk. How does Mr Sharif, for instance, explain the presence of his former Principal Secretary, Mr. Saeed Mehdi, among the beneficiaries of the NRO, especially as he continues to be his close aide too? Mr. Sharif's former PS has the same unfortunate notoriety as Mr. Ahmed Sadiq, the former PS to Benazir Bhutto. The present PS to President Zardari, the controversial Mr. Farooqi, is another one of the same breed all of whom have benefited from the NRO. As for Musharraf's former PS (and close confidante) Mr. Tariq Aziz, the less said the better. Look at the connections of the man within establishment; he continues to enjoy the protocol he had during the former dictator's rule. Among the most corrupt countries on the Transparency International list this year, Pakistan has slipped many notches down to the 47th place. In a state of fast decline, we are faced with a funds-draining war to fight insurgencies in FATA and Balochistan while corruption alone accounts for pilferages of over Rs. 500 billion in 2009. Our civil and khaki bureaucracy played a lead role in promotion of a culture where corruption has been accepted as part of the rulers perks and privileges with no fear of accountability. -SHAHZAD KHALIL, Sialkot, November 19.