THIS is apropos of Asghar Mahmood’s letter ‘Corruption: a deep-rooted disease’ (Jan 18). I agree with the writer that Pakistan, much to the dismay of all of us, has become a country perpetually plagued by the polymorphous and apparently unconquerable monster of corruption.

However, I want to emphasise the dire need for bringing into play ‘ideological state apparatuses’ (family, educational institutions, places of religious congregations, etc) to put a halt to the march of this unbridled monster. It is an inescapable fact that the very root cause of any individual’s actions or malpractices is his very psychological makeup, the social indoctrinations internalised by him in the course of his being brought up and trained in the various aforementioned ideological state apparatuses.

Those who are at the helm of affairs need to comprehend that mere enactment of anti-corruption laws, and reorientation of coercive, investigating agencies such as NAB and FIA (repressive state apparatuses) are not enough.

Unless the government comes up with a sincerely devised and comprehensive strategy engaging all tiers of our society, the scourge of corruption would continue to threaten the very survival of the country.

The first step to design any effective measure to curb corruption is to probe the very conditions under which corruption thrives. Poverty, inadequate salaries, soaring inflation, malpractices among the very guardians of law and order, etc., are some of the most important factors that give the first spur to corrupt practices.

What can truly serve as a panacea to an otherwise dilapidated state of affairs in Pakistan is an effective implementation of the existing laws, a sincere effort by the government to bridge the ever-widening gulf between different strata of society.

There is also a need to rewrite the social script that otherwise tends to legitimise and hence reinvigorate the existing bane of corruption.

MEHREEN BALOCH      Islamabad

Updated Jan 25, 2013 03:52am

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Comments (5) (Closed)


Agha Ata (USA)
Jan 26, 2013 05:12pm
Let's give the contract of running our government to another country. We would say, "We will give you so much (crores, billions or trillions of rupees or dollars or pounds or whatever ) for this service, for five years. In the end we will have a referendum. If our public is happy with the result we will extend the contract, otherwise we will look for another contractor. You will run Police (Anti corruption), Prisons, Tax, Health, Railways, PIA, Motorways, and some more departments. Our most reliable contractor can be from among UK, Japan, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Australia, and may be, one of the few others. We need help. We do send our people to foreign countries for help, for education, for technology for treatment. Don't we? We should never be ashamed of asking help. We do need help! Keep lying in a ditch is no pride.
Mabob
Jan 26, 2013 11:40am
Only way to overcome corruption is to separate the administration, police and courts from politics and the government. Law makers with their chief are the most corrupt. Law, police, administration and courts stand behind them and give them protection.
farmerdr
Jan 26, 2013 03:55am
Corruption cannot survive if our courts are able to deliver universal cheap and speedy justice. What is needed is a swinging overhaul of the judicial system.
farmerdr
Jan 26, 2013 03:52am
A total and brutal overhaul of the lower judicial system is imperative to give universal, cheap access to speedy justice. If the courts start delivering corruption will not be sustainable.
Shaikh Ahmed
Jan 25, 2013 10:53pm
SupemCourt, should issue an Court order to all Pakistani Airports and the Chief of Police, and chief of Airports, as well as All the Federal Agencies managing the Airports. should have the authority to put any one in jail until the SC hear the case..