AS an agent-general to China in 1942, in his report to the viceroy, Sir Mohammad Zafarullah Khan wrote (as he narrates in his biography Thedees-i-naymat that corruption had reached its highest point, due to which the then Chinese government could not defend against the Japanese occupation while the Communist Party being better organised was most likely to take over.

Since then we have been reading about how corruption was dealt with by Communist leaders after the Red Revolution.

After reading Zafarullah’s account, I wonder whether corruption in Pakistan has not yet reached the point where the nation rises and finds a few honest men from among themselves to run the country in a manner that provides security and unity to the whole nation.


Updated Jun 20, 2012 12:01am

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Comments (9) (Closed)

Jun 20, 2012 05:05pm
Nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. Pakistan needs a leader with vision, carrot and stick!
True Pakistani
Jun 20, 2012 12:30pm
- we must remember that comparatively speaking the chinese, being the most corrupt in 1942 to the second biggest economy in 2012, are a racially pure people. the pakistanis, on the other hand, are mongrel people confused and incapable of planning, executing any thing.
Keti Zilgish
Jun 20, 2012 12:38pm
The problem is not with the police, but rather with the values and culture that they are being asked to defend. Freedom, as it is natural, does not have to be defended.
Shahid Shaikh
Jun 20, 2012 04:38pm
Pakistan is going toward self cleaning system (Killing each other) this is a natural process. God says if you do not listen to the things which are important then he shall not care for your life and properties. Shahid Shaikh, Ontario, Canada
Kashif Mahmood
Jun 20, 2012 03:21am
The Chinese experience was perhaps made possible by a sense of unity and patriotism that helped them face so many odds. Unfortunately, these values have been steadily growing weaker among Pakistanis.
Amjad Wyne
Jun 20, 2012 03:53am
That will not happen in Pakistan and here is the reason, "Iss hamam men sarey hi nangey".
Jun 20, 2012 04:39am
Mr. Kamal Corruption is absolute poison for any nation. If we in the sub-continent want to understand the real meaning of corruption then we should read about at least two individuals, Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq- the ultimate corrupt: traitors to their country! Wwe as a nation are still paying the price in terms of loss of our freedom, loss of our culture , loss of our history etc for their corruption. This is the ultimate price of corruption. Corruption is not about lack of honesty. It is lack of self respect, it is about complete disregard of its pernicious effect. It erodes and decays societies and countries. A corrupt man causes more harm to the society than he benefits himself. A corrupt policeman may take Rs 1000 as bribe from a driver who just hit someone. The injured person may be the sole breadwinner, a scientist , a doctor a brilliant musician. The society has lost many times more than the corrupt policeman . It is not only the duty of the state to ensure that people do not indulge in corruption due to poverty, that schools teach how bad corruption is, that mothers are educated to teach their children about it. Corruption needs to be very clearly defined. A civil servant who uses official vehicles or facilites for personal gain is also as corrupt as the policeman. Mr. Imran Khan says he will eradicate corruption in few months! How? We should start the work immediately with ourselves but it will take years to see the effect on the nation. A society mired in the addiction of corruption would take very many years to be weaned off. But it has to start somewhere. Better now ! Dawn and its editors should be thanked for allowing space to this very serious concern. They are certainly performing a very important and noble duty. My salute to this newspaper and its editors!
Gerry D'Cunha
Jun 20, 2012 10:54am
The problem with Pakistanis is that we do not want to adopt the West good;honest judiciary & police systems for our own motive. In Pakistan just sack all the police personnels from IG to ordinary police who are 100% corrupt - get new recruits of police personnels paying them good incentives and salary and appoint only on merits without any political affilation like police personnels in UK and USA. A good police system can only progress Pakistan and build its foundation of democracy.
abdul aziz
Jun 21, 2012 01:09am
undoubtedly true that corruption can only be eradicated if police services are good. people of this country now faded up due to rampant corruption in country . No one feels secure in hands of law enforcing agencies because more than 70 percent recruitment in concerned sector was done on bases of high political influences, bribes and the governments abroad that hate this country with assistance of our corrupts they inducted undesirable in said institution hence it is better to say people are surrendered and no way is seem getting out this unhealthy phenomena..