ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said , “When low level officials take bribes it creates problems for the citizens as bribe is like a tax they pay but countries go bankrupt and become indebted when the head of state/government and his ministers are corrupt,” the prime minister said in a tweet.
he said that countries were economically destroyed by corruption of rulers, not bribery of government officials.
He further said the countries suffered bankruptcy and became indebted when the head of state or government and ministers were corrupt, not because of bribery by low level officials.
He also shared an excerpt of the “Memorandum on Establishing the Fight Against Corruption as a Core United States National Security Interest” recently issued by US President Joe Biden directing senior US officials to conduct an interagency review process and develop a presidential strategy to improve the ability of executive departments to promote good governance, combat all forms of illicit finance, hold accountable corrupt elements and their facilitators and bolster capacity of domestic and international institutions to prevent corruption.
The beginning paragraph of the Memorandum says: “Corruption corrodes public trust; hobbles effective governance; distorts markets and equitable access to services; undercuts development efforts; contributes to national fragility, extremism, and migration; and provides authoritarian leaders a means to undermine democracies worldwide. When leaders steal from their nations’ citizens or oligarchs flout the rule of law, economic growth slows, inequality widens, and trust in government plummets.”