Mandi Bahauddin (Sher Gondal) : International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9 December, since the passage of the United Nations Convention against Corruption on 31 October 2003. In this connection Mandi Bahauddin ex-soldiers marked anti-corruption day with holding rally under arrangement Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society (PESS).
The rally started from District Armed Services Board (DASB) Camp office and ended in front of Press Club. The participants were carrying banners with demands for enforcing accountability of corrupt elements without discrimination. They also raised slogans to ‘SAY NO TO CORRUPTION’.
Addressing the rally PESS leaders vowed to fight corruption to best of their abilities. About purpose of observing Anti Corruption Day, they said wide spread corruption in the country was destroying national institutions and it was duty of every citizen to raise voice against corrupt elements and their supporters.
They said corruption was continuing unabated due to weakness of ‘rule of law’ and lack of justice” Anti Corruption movement launched by National Accountability Bureau was not delivering required results due to lack of cooperation of public and other government and not government organizations. Our political leaders were the main hurdle in the way of accountability. It appears that corrupt element is so strong that even law enforcing agencies find themselves helpless to initiate legal proceeding against him.
The speakers pointed out corrupt practices of taking bribe, not performing duties properly and violation of law and rules in district level government departments. They said due to corrupt officials only weak segments of the society suffer. They urged all heads of government departments to clean their departments from black sheep and serve the masses according to their charter of duties.
They said the greatest welfare of people is giving them justice by all government departments including judiciary. They warned if the corruption is not controlled our country is likely to meet fate of those nations who were captured and humiliated in the past.