Islamabad - Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry yesterday said that unholy alliance of corruption and terrorism is affecting the country’s economy.

He made these remarks while addressing an anti-corruption seminar titled ‘Role of Youth in Eradication of Corruption’ organised by the Islamic International University (IIUI).

“NAB is closely working with the Ministry of Education for incorporating anti-corruption theme in curriculum from class I to X,” the chairman NAB disclosed.

He said that eradication of corruption is essential for strengthening the country’s economy, while it is also a worldwide phenomenon like terrorism. “Pakistan’s economy is being affected because of corruption and terrorism,” he said. The chairman stated that corruption is root cause of every evil and it has become one of the greatest challenges of the modern era.

He said that youth made 60 per cent of the country’s population, urging them to play role for elimination of corruption from the society.

He said corruption was far more prevalent in developing countries as compared to the developed ones and it was badly affecting society, governance and youth.

He viewed: “Economy and social development of Pakistan have suffered immensely from the detrimental effects of corruption and terrorism”.

The chairman appreciated the role of army in fight against terrorism and said that NAB and other anti-corruption agencies were working to curb the menace of corruption through various designed strategies. 

He also urged students to develop zero tolerance for corruption and play their due role in inculcating positive behavior and good deeds in their surroundings. “Students must play a pivotal role in promoting awareness and taking steps for eradication of corruption to make the country prosperous,” said the chairman the added. Chairman NAB said that the anti-corruption bureau has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Higher Education Commission (HEC) for sensitising youth against corruption. 

He said Pakistan is on 134 number according to the CPI index of transparency international, while in 2013 it was on 134 position.

He also urged all the universities to join hands to eliminate corruption and suggested that IIUI students should launch an anti-corruption club for which NAB will provide every possible cooperation and support. Meanwhile, Rector IIUI Rector Dr Masoom Yasinzai said on the occasion that corruption is a global phenomenon which has crippled the societies.

“Youth is the best utiliaable source to get rid of the menace of corruption,” he added.