Lets join hands & get rid of it

Today is a No-to-Corruption day. We shall have different programs/ seminars & walks informing people to stay away from the evil. But in reality today is yet another corrupt day, we shall have 24 hours of corruption everywhere. In private govt. offices & on the foot path right where the raidhee wala’s stand, in educational institutes & all (read majority) govt. offices, including Army. The taxi wala, the newspapers (reporting it, misreporting even) are also not an exception. We are no exception. Corruption occurs all over the world & in big figures, even in developed countries but here exist the limits. Also, the judicial system is so corrupt (may be one of the most) itself that a hope is noting less then a miracle. A friend told me that a a Chief Justice living in Bath Island was selling Sugar, boldly at his bungalow on lesser price after getting it from the Sugar mills using his power. What else is the limit?

I don’t want to start a new blame game (& please don’t do it, just a humble request) telling us who is responsible in Karachi for the corruption. We all know it don’t we. Yes I know what you are thinking. But today is a day to ponder on ourselves and first of all decide how I am contributing to this evil, how I can play my role to eradicate it & gets Pakistan out of this humiliating rank. We, many of us contribute to it in many ways, directly indirectly. There is nothing wrong in a confession. And also making a determined effort to stay away from it or at least resist to possible human limit. It should also be a day to confess the sin.

How many of us even discuss corruption ( the evil at the topl) in our offices, institues, home & gatherings apart from the normal Cricket, Movies, Latest Album, Best restaurant, New car & model stuff. Seldom. Amazing isn’t it. We want to get rid of an evil & we don’t discuss it even, forget doing something practical. Think about it. Interestingly, we all, the so called enlightened moderated class should be pondering over the report by TI which says Religious bodies were graded as the least corrupt in the country. Who is contributing more evil to the society?

After being into top a private school, & getting good marks, & with irony of fate I landed into a govt. Science College in Karachi. The students at that age have seldom any idea of the real world. I was no exception. So I, few times in college days gave the admin guys 30, 25,10 rupees (Multiply it with 500 students & you will understand what it really means) to get forms cleared. Though, the form & the documents were as proper as they were asked to be.

I gave the college Practical Papers Assistant (Engineering) RS. 1500. To get what was my right at first place. The assistant assured me he will get me what I wanted. Interestingly, the story is very long & the summary is this: I had prepared well & full & was afraid of what had happened to other senior students i.e. almost majority failing & few passing with minimum passing marks, though they weren’t that bad. I tried to find a clue about this bad performance but only came to know through the said assistance that I will have to pay the said amount if I want “what was my right at first place”. I wasn’t even asking for any undue favor. But anyways, that doesn’t make the crime less. I would love to see other confessions here. Lets join hands & get rid of it, starting from ourselves as the governor puts it : “Everyone must carry out his self-accountability “. Yes indeed everyone will have to play a role especially those who shape the future.

Apart from that I don’t remember any particular incident, but I try my best to stay away from it. The best way to fight an evil is to stay away from it when it’s under control. People who preach, especially politicians, become corrupt themselves, especially once they are in power. And this is again the case with you & me. As I always say, if you cannot let the person above you quit corruption. At least don’t let anyone under you do it so the next generation remembers us with a good name.

8 Comments so far

  1. turab (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

    a great step forward… I think we should report corrupt officials to the higher athorities in a massive campaign… with evidence of course!
    When we start getting rid of the worst ones, others might take notice. there should be a centralized system , maybe a website or something…

  2. Bozz (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

    A web site is a great idea. It is simple to create and maintain. On it should be the names of both the officials and department concerned. With links to documented proof.

    To achieve any success it will need to be publicized.

    To have any hope of it running safely will warrant that this site be placed on servers out of Pakistan.

    If you and people like you are in agreement and willing to do their bit then let me know. I can provide such space and administrative capability.

    Good Luck.

  3. K (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

    I like your article. I also liked the website idea. For an illustration visit http://www.aol.com/discuss

  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 6:52 pm

    the website is already in place http://www.nab.gov.pk/index.asp most of those listed corrupt on the site are roaming free and some of em are even in government…. i am simply speechless don’t have any thing else to say on this issue…

  5. SWA (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 7:58 pm

    We all have a general idea of what corruption really is, and we ignore it all the time. But I think there is a need for more specific definition. I am compiling a list of many ‘corrupt’ activities that are all morally and ethically wrong. If you commit these activities or find someone comitting them, you know they are corrupt:

    1) Giving any form of a bribe for getting something done (both givers and takers of bribe are equally at fault: givers encourage the takers)
    2) Taking a bribe to perform a job that is your duty (or for performing it better)
    3) Withholding something that is rightfully not yours from its true owner
    4) Abusing your influence to get advantages that are not commonly available
    5) Money laundering 1: Using public funds for private purposes
    6) Money laundering 2: Using funds to do something that they were not originally intended for
    7) Breaking or bending the laws to your advantage (this includes traffic laws)
    8) Using influence to gain positions that you are not qualified for by merit
    9) Flaunting your authority to create fear or to intimidate somebody into doing undue favors.
    10) Supporting somebody else who is corrupt

    These are a few things I came up with. Please add to this list if you have more examples. Lets make prints of this list, pass it around in chain emails, and make sure we all remember these everyday to we can avoid corrupt practices and identify corrupt people.

  6. Salman Haider (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    Althogh this is not related to the topic but can some one please guide me that where is “Qak Wood Appartment” located in Karachi, I have some information that its in PECHS block 6 but not the excat location of the appartment,its very urgent and important so if any one has some idea than please guide me.Sorry for writting some thing that is not related to the topic.

  7. turab (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    thank you doctor for the website…. we need to be more active…. we as in when I will be there.. :(

  8. wasiq (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 8:28 am

    get over it man…stop wasting your time and do some constructive…..


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