islamabad - Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry yesterday said that corruption is mother of all evils and the scourge is badly affecting good governance in the country. 

The chairman NAB said this while addressing at a National Seminar on “Role of youth in eradication of corruption” organised by the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU). He said the perception that corruption is the main cause of trouble prevails around the world. He said: “It badly affects the state of economy, standard of living and social justice”.

The chairman stated that corruption 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,” he added.

He said that NAB has been consistently engaging all stakeholders in the fight against corruption to uproot this evil from society. 

He said more than 42 thousand character building societies (CBS) have been established in universities and colleges all over the country for sensitising the future leader of our country against corruption. 

According to the chairman, NAB is closely working with Ministry of Federal Education for incorporating Anti-Corruption theme in the curriculum. 

“We have also signed a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Higher Education Commission (HEC) and under the MoU, NAB and HEC will make joint efforts in sensitizing the youth in Universities against corruption,” he said.

He also mentioned that the report of PILDAT has acknowledged the efforts of NAB for reinvigorating its functions and it has rated public confidence in NAB as 42 per cent, 29 per cent in police, and 26 per cent confidence in other government departments.

According to the chairman, the Corruption Perception Index issued by the Transparency International in 2015 from Berlin has placed Pakistan at 117th position out of 175 countries.

“This has been the best position achieved by Pakistan since the Transparency International started issuing its CPI rating,” he said.

The chairman NAB said that message against corruption through youth can be spread very effectively in every home, street, Mohallah and work place. “I therefore solicit your support as volunteers in our national campaign against eradication of corruption,” he said.

Meanwhile, the students during their speeches argued that scourge of corruption could be eliminated by the joint efforts of young scholars and pro-active role of state institutions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Manahil Shahbaz, a student of International Relations (IR) Department, said that country’s education system has also become corrupt where the PhD scholars were found involved in plagiarism.

She said: “Although literacy rate in the country is increasing but in parallel literate and employed people in the country have outnumbered the illiterates in corruption”.

Afaq Khursheed, from Political Science Department, said that state institutions must avoid nepotism and favoritism to discourage elements involved in corruption. He said: “Youth can contribute positively to meet the challenge of corruption”.

However, Vice Chancellor (VC) of QAU Prof. Dr Javed  Ashraf said that everything and every department could not be declared as corrupt. “Many institutions are also playing positive role to eradicate the menace,” he added. He said that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had ranked the QAU top university in the country totally on merit.