One-Day seminar on Corruption and Its Impact on Socio-economic Development was held at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur organized by National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Sukkur and Character Building Society (CBS) Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur. Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah, Vice Chancellor, SALU, Khairpur presided over the seminar. Mr. Muhammad Altaf Bawany, Director General, NAB, Sukkur was the chief guest on this occasion.
On this occasion, Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah said, corruption is perpetual disease for a state development process and widely spread in the developing countries, its results are of destroying effect for a state security, it undermines mutual confidence in the society, causes moral degradation of population, and provokes immigration and illegal transfer of capital from the country. Dr. Parveen Shah said, the state may need to establish credibility by punishing highly visible corrupt officials, but the goal of such prosecutions is to attract notice and public support, not solve the underlying problem. Dr. Shah said, if this society is to be saved, the country has to shake off the tag of a failing or failed state, urgent, and stringent measures need to be taken. This joint program of SALU & NAB (Sukkur) is outcome of NAB & Higher Education Commission’s collaborative work for character building societies at universities level.
Mr. Muhammad Altaf Bawany said, fight against corruption is collective social responsibility, as the NAB cannot fight war against corruption alone. The dream of a corruption free society remains elusive unless the whole nation says “No to Corruption”. Mr. Bawany said, NAB has revived and re-integrated its awareness and prevention drive intensified to combat corruption effectively. He remarked that CBS have been established in Universities and Colleges working effectively in raising the awareness against corruption. According to the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) report, the prosecution success ration of NAB is 70%. He revealed that from 30th September 2014 state recoveries is Rs. 260.956 Billions. The objectives of the NAB are to improve government transparency, develop an improve the mechanisms through which corruption is combated and coordinating anti-corruption efforts. He appreciated the efforts of Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah, Vice Chancellor, SALU for the establishment of Character Building Society at the campus.
Justice (Retd) Syed Ali Aslam Jafferi, Guest Speaker talked on “Role of Judiciary in Combating Corruption with reference to NAB Laws.” He elaborated that 1947 act was established in the era of Quaid-i-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Governor General of Pakistan. He said, people like Patwari, Tapedar, Police Wala, Clerk etc were trapped and prosecuted. 80% cases were wrongly investigated because cases were not supported by the prosecution. He traced that Ahtesab Bureau was established for political victimization and likewise EBDO against the opposition. He suggested that income tax evaders may be apprehended. He said, judiciary has interpreted laws but is high time that proper investigation against the corruption may be initiated. He quoted the case of Model Ayan Ali who is involved in money laundering, even her Challan is not submitted properly. He said, every person could play its responsibility elegantly and honestly so the corruption could be eradicated. He said, judiciary ahs played effective role in the eradication of corruption. He also quoted the case of Admiral (Retd) Mansoor-ul-Haque who was prosecuted and convicted.
Prof. Dr. Asan Das Manwani, SZABIST, Hyderabad said, corruption is non-stop in our society, it meaning is economic rampant. He said, agriculture sector is also affected by the menace of corruption. Agriculture water is tempered by influential landlords having political support. He said, sincere efforts are needed to eradicate the corruption. He said, previously mega projects, i.e yellow cab scheme, motorway projects remained the debate of corruption.
Dr. Manzoor Ali Isran, SZABIST, Karachi said, corruption has badly affected the society. He said, power should be decentralized uneven power created the sense of corruption. He said, Millennium Development Goal of Sindh not achieved in letter and spirit. He said, institutional corruption is they order of the day, some of the politicians and bureaucrats are involved in this bad practice. Due to sectarian, ethnic line and poverty, the wave of terrorism emerged. He stressed that justice oriented society may be established so the development could be availed.
Mr. Jan Mohammad Oadhano, Social Activist from Jacobabad talked on “Corruption and Societal Values.” He said, corruption is menace and chronic disease has affected societal values. He said, abuse of public resources is also corruption. He said, the causes of corruption are low salaries, monopoly of power and lake of accountability. He said, corrupt man thinks that corruption is legalized. Corruption is national security threat.
Earlier, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Yousuf Khushk, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences & Arts and Focal Person of CBS, SALU welcomed the guests, audiences, and shed light on the aims and objectives of society. He remarked that it has affected the economic, social and security fabric of the state. The concept of Character Building Societies is to involve the students against this menace.
The Oath taking ceremony of Character Building Society was also took place. Mr. Altaf Bawany, Administered the oath.
Prof. Dr. Miandad Zardari, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Main Campus, Prof. Dr. Yasmeen Faiz, Kazi, Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prof. Dr. Ghulam Murtaza Maitlo, Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Prof. Dr. Ghulam Ali Mallah, Prof. Dr. Syed Asad Raza Abidi, Prof. Dr. Ashfaque Ahmed Memon, Prof. Dr. Taj Mohammad Lashari, Prof. Dr. Noor Ahmed Shaikh, Prof. Dr. Amir Ali Chandio,Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hassan Khaskheli, Dr. Mir MUnsif Ali Talpur, Dr. Tajnees Pirzada, Ms. Shahida Mangi, Mr. Shahzada Imtiaz Ahmed, Additional Director, NAB, Mr. Altaf Hussain Bhutto, Mr. Abdul Aziz Shaikh and large number of faculty members, officers and students attended the seminar.Ms. Nazan Mahar conducted the proceedings of the seminar.