President Mamnoon Hussain has said that law has taken its course against the plunderers of national resources and time has come for ensuring effective accountability.
The President said this while addressing a Seminar on Accountability and Good Governance here at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday organized by Prime Minister’s Inspection Commission (PMIC). The President also inaugurated PMIC’s helpline 1818 and expressed hope that it would further contribute in curbing corruption and redressing public grievances.
The President called for meting out exemplary punishment to those found involved in corrupt practices irrespective of their status in order to safeguard the country from corruption in future adding that for this purpose all related departments should expedite their anti-corruption activities to meet the public expectations. The President said that state institutions should ensure corruption free good governance as per aspirations of the people for putting the country on track of sustainable growth and development. The President stated that uniformity in views of people and state departments regarding accountability and good governance is a healthy development which indicates that the country has a bright future. The President emphasized on strengthening the resolve at political, executive and judicial level for ensuring effective accountability and good governance as per international standards so that Pakistani nation and institutions are able to compete with developed nations of the world.
The President stated that for eradication of a social evil like corruption it is imperative to focus on spiritual growth, moral development and religious values of the masses. The basis of this complex phenomenon is not only social injustice but also shying away from religious and moral values, added the President. The President called upon family system, media and the society to play an effective role in this regard. If all these efforts go in vain then the state must pursue the corrupt elements proactively and bring them to book, said the President.
The President stated that ways of good governance have changed in the changing world and now devolution of power to lower level and reduction in expenditure is being emphasized upon. The President called for making use of e-government and teleconferencing facilities for reducing government expenditure and ehancing its performance. Emphasizing upon bringing transparency in public procurement and contracting system, the President underlined the need on adopting openness and modern methods in this regard.
The President also distributed souvenirs amongst participants of Seminar. Parliamentarians, Ambassadors of various countries, Chairman NAB, Auditor General and scores of Federal Secretaries also attended the event.