Reference to politicking and media reports following disclosure of offshore accounts. On 11 August 1947, Quaid-e-Azam very clearly stated that “one of biggest curses from which India is suffering is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison. We must put that down with an iron hand”. He also emphasized upon Constituent Assembly “the very onerous and responsible task of framing our future constitution and the second of functioning as a full and complete Sovereign body as the Federal Legislature of Pakistan”. 

The vested interests, and remnants of Raj in league with undemocratic forces conspired to delay constitution and we have witnessed disastrous consequences of betraying vision of our founding fathers. Today curse of corruption and greed of few hundred is devouring our economy and only saving grace is to deal this cancer with an iron hand. It has eroded every institution of state, both civil and military and needs to be dealt with, lest this cancer destroys whatever is left. Accountability is as much an Islamic concept as a democratic norm. If this means severe reprimand and punishment of few politicians including PM and parliamentarians, top bureaucrats, khakis, traders and lawyers, so be it. 

Survival of Pakistan as an economically independent state of 200 Million people is far more important than vested interests of few thousands. It is time we understand that just like you can have faith in one religion, loyalty can only be to one country. Those who have chosen to take an oath of loyalty to another country, or have moved their assets and family to foreign countries, have no business to hold elected or paid public offices. As long as this farce is tolerated, Pakistan’s economy will continue to bleed, its resources pilfered and transferred to foreign safe havens, which is what has been happening uninterrupted for past five decades, and today our white documented economy dwarfs as compared to black economy. Terrorism funded and aided by greed of those who hold important public offices threatens to destroy this country, for which millions have laid down their lives. We owe this debt to Quaid-e-Azam. 

MALIK TARIQ ALI,  

Lahore, May 4.