THIS refers to the news report ‘Broadsheet probe body ToR notified’ (Jan 29). I would think that if the objective is to reduce/eliminate corruption, and to recover the looted wealth, one must probe, punish and stop current corruption first. However, we find that no befitting punishment has been given in cases related to recent sugar and wheat scam inquiries.

As for the cases too far back in the past, where recovery is near-impossible because of cases becoming time-barred, or the provision that a person cannot be tried on a charge twice, a costly probe involving specialists with hefty fees, up to 30 years in the past, could amount to throwing good money after bad.

S.R.H. Hashmi

Karachi

Published in Dawn, February 13th, 2021

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