LAHORE: Jamaat-i-Islami Emir Sirajul Haq along with the four provincial chiefs of the party on Tuesday announced a countrywide campaign against economic, political, moral and electoral corruption, from March 1.

Addressing a press conference here, he said corruption had spilled over to all walks of life including politicians, bureaucrats, land mafia, contractors, capitalists, and even some retired military officers had been accused of graft.

He said the government was upset over the opening of cases of its ‘favourites.’

Around 150 mega corruption cases were pending with the NAB as everyone wanted accountability of the other whereas the auditor general had raised objections to the spending of Rs4.2 trillion that had remained unsettled for years.

He said the main target of the JI campaign would be the corrupt system and the corrupt elite.

He urged all patriotic and noble people and parties to join the drive that would continue until the country was cleansed of corruption.

Haq said in order to control corruption, the rulers would have to become a model by themselves.

To a question, the JI chief said the efficiency of a government was now being gauged through the amount of loan it managed to secure from international donors.

Published in Dawn, February 24th, 2016