The promise of rooting out corruption... By Sohail
22 October, 2013
Hats off to the president of Malawi, Madam Joyce Banda, for sacking her entire cabinet of 25 ministers to ensure that the ministers who may be implicated in a corruption scandal do not interfere with the police in the investigations. This included the finance minister who was leading a high-level delegation in the US. Even though there was a lot of international pressure to do so, it still takes a lot of moral courage to take such a sweeping step.
On the contrary, in Pakistan, the two major parties have conveniently agreed on appointing a compliant civil servant for the prestigious position of chairman NAB so that each of their interests are loyally and royally protected. As per Brigadier (R) Syed A I Tirmizi's book, Profiles of Intelligence, the new chairman was the famous aide-de-camp (ADC) of late President Ziaul Haq who made lots of money through the jobs quota. When it was reported to the president that he was becoming a serious security risk, he was transferred to the DMG group and posted as deputy commissioner.
This unfortunate revelation creates serious doubts about the PML-N government's resolve to finish corruption, as promised by the prime minister in his election rallies as a priority of his government.