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The genesis of corruption by Tahir Kamran

The genesis of corruption
Tahir Kamran

 

June 19, 2016 

Is a corruption-free Pakistan possible?

 

 

 

A few days back, an old acquaintance asked me about the future pattern of Punjab politics in the wake of a scam as big as the Panama Leaks. I told him nothing is likely to effect any change in the existing pattern of Punjab politics. Not a single parliamentarian has raised a voice or threatened to depose the current rulers because ‘the first family’ has off-shore companies and the source of capital invested is shrouded in obscurity.
Of course it is corruption. But then isn’t that the way of life in the land of the pure? If it is an art, we have perfected it; if it is a science, we have excelled in it. More worryingly, we have accorded legitimacy to corrupt practices. In fact, we celebrate both corruption and the corrupt.
In the Victorian era, man was defined as a symbol of masculinity, white (read Caucasian) and rational with values derived from the Christian faith. If we try to define Pakistani ‘man’, corruption has to be an essential trait that he is bound to carry in order to qualify as ‘man’. He also has to be yaran da yar, (friend of friends) which means a real ‘man’ shows no respect for any law or regulation when it comes to his friends, cronies or sidekicks.
Thus in our case, violating the law or even constitution for that matter symbolises how powerful someone is. For the poor, corruption may be a means of climbing the social ladder but for the rich and affluent, corruption is the means to express power.
Another acquaintance jestingly said the other day that he has tried to make a payment of a few dollars to get his name included in the list that has emerged out of Panama Leaks. I asked him why he did that, knowing he wasn’t serious. He replied that it was a sign of ‘respectability’; it becomes damn easy to marry off a daughter to a boy from a good family if you can affirm your wealth.
Historians (particularly Edward Gibbon) have inferred from the past that when wealth becomes the principal determinant of the values that society respects, the fall of that society becomes inevitable. The same happened with the Romans and they fell, never to rise again. The generation of wealth and even more so its distribution should be carried out through mutually agreed regulations, which the Romans started flouting with impunity, and hence their fall.
For the poor, corruption may be a means of climbing the social ladder but for the rich and affluent, corruption is the means to express power.
Indeed, it needs no less than a miracle for any nation/civilization to rejuvenate itself. China can be put forth as one rare example. But it too will have to go a long way to match the sole super power, USA.
Another of my friends says, “corruption and Pakistan are like two peas in a pod”. His observation seems sweeping, yet it cannot be easily denied. The first and foremost cause of corruption was embedded in the cataclysmic event of Partition. This is depicted in the relevant chapters from the works of Ilyas Chattha, Urvashi Butalia, Yasmin Khan and Vazira Zamindar. Such events as the partition of India are no less than the upheavals of history bringing about the tectonic shift in the established norms of sociology and culture.
As a consequence of an event of such magnitude, usually a break from the past (though selective) is intended which causes rupture in the centuries-old tradition. The process of evolution which is usually gradual and steady is markedly disrupted. Such disruptions tear the affected people apart from the socio-cultural norms and practices which have hitherto defined their collective ethos. Every one, in such a scenario, is running for life. En masse relocation and genocide, such as were concomitant to partition, gave a big blow to the sensibility that binds people together.
Many living the life of relative deprivation in united India saw Pakistan as a land of opportunities, and came to the newly-founded country for economic gains. In the newly established state of Pakistan, regulatory structures were not in place to check any arbitrary practice aiming to amass wealth or to grab property. Thus the people who could, did all that was possible to secure wealth. Partition catapulted many from rags to riches. These sort of sudden changes contravene the smooth and gradual process of evolution, which people find really hard to come to terms with.
Another cataclysmic event was secession of East Pakistan, which gave a big jolt to the morale of the people. The trust in the future of the country was considerably undermined, a ripe situation in which corruption could proliferate.
Unfortunately Pakistan’s politics, right from the outset, was marred by inconsistent transitions. One political order was substituted by the other, with the two having hardly anything in common. Hence, the transition was abrupt and instantaneous. Political compromises of the oddest kind were made merely for personal gains. Characters like Ghulam Muhammad, Iskander Mirza and Ayub Khan did not allow institutions to germinate and blossom. The will of the people was not sought, in the first place; if and when elections were held, non-political actors wielded more power than the elected ones.
Therefore, institutions remained weak and their fate uncertain. Religious ideology was deployed for self-legitimisation with disastrous consequences. In such a scenario, when state institutions were weakened beyond measure, corruption flourished rampantly.
Such political choices made by the Pakistani elite conjured up a social fabric which was amenable to practices which were corrupt to the core. I do believe that a social movement spearheaded by the intelligentsia can stall that trend. But Pakistan’s history fails to register the existence of any social movement aimed at raising awareness among the people about such an issue of wider significance. So, thus far, there is no hope for a corruption-free Pakistan.

 

 

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Another nail in the coffin – Now, the Governor State Bank’s Doings: Still Unpaid Loans of Nawaz & Shabaz Sharif

 

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Nawaz Sharif, Panama Gate,McDonald’s Founder, Allah’s (swt) Creations فَبِأَيِّ آلَاءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ

 

Pakistani Ruler Nawaz Sharif and His Cohort Could learn from the Story about McDona;d’s Founder,Mr.Ray Croc

Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, had earned a reputation as a generous philanthropist following her husband’s death in 1984. Carrying on his legacy of charity, she donated much of the McDonald’s fortune to causes such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation, wildlife preservation, assistance for the homeless and world peace.

“Ray was once asked in an interview why he gave so much of his wealth away,” Mrs. Kroc said. “He said, ‘I’ve never seen a Brinks truck following a hearse. Have you?’”

Following her death of inoperable brain cancer on Oct. 12, 2003, $1.9 billion of her fortune was bequeathed to charities, her local church, and various educational and cultural institutions. By far the largest beneficiary was the Salvation Army, receiving an astounding $1.5 billion.

 

Reasons Pakistanis Cannot Afford Panama Gate

 

 

 

Manzer J.Durrani, Ph.D.

Executive Editor, Pakistan Think Tank

 

NASA’s WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe

This artist's concept depicts the current record holder for the most luminous galaxy in the universe.
This artist’s concept depicts the current record holder for the most luminous galaxy in the universe. The galaxy, WISE J224607.57-052635.0, is erupting with light equal to more than 300 trillion suns. It was discovered using data from NASA’s WISE mission.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

 

 

 

 

There Are 11.5 Million Files in Panama Papers.There 200 Million Pakistanis, who have suffered in last 30 years of Nawaz Sharif Family’s insidious,egregious, and rampant corruption in All State Institutions From State Bank of Pakistan to Pakistan State Oil & Gas.There is human accountability and there is Allah’s Accountability, here and hereafter.Hitler,Stalin,Noriega,Pinochet,Shah of Iran,Saddam Hussain,and 3 destroyers of United Pakistan: ZA Bhutto (hanged),Indira Gandhi(Murdered),Sh Mujib (Murdered),Zia0ul0Haq(Creshed).Allah is Al ADL. Alll the Afore-mentioned Rulers Paid with Extreme Pain and Violent Death.They Planned,Allah Planned.Allah’s Plan Worked. Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari will pay too.When Allah Punishes:The Criminal is least expecting it.Always ask Allah’s Forgiveness and Mercy.Earth is 13.4 Billion Years,if You Live to be 100 yrs.If you divide Your Age By Earth, You Are But a Flash in the Pan. Do Not Live,Support,or Praise those who do mischief on Earth. I am not a Fundo or Mulla,a sinner, who ask your forgiveness if my words hurt anybody. I am a Scientist involved in development and study of molecular systems and communications and cell signalling and effects of drugs on them. I have seen the work of Al-Musawir,Al-Hakim,Al-Fateer,Ar-Rahman,Ar-Rahim at Macro and Micro levels.The Creator (Allah(swt), who continues to Create 24/7/365.I have observed his dazzling,stunning,blinding, mind-boggling Creations like Galaxy with light of 300 Trillion Suns http://www.nasa.gov/…/nasas-wise-spacecraft-discovers…. Our Creator,Al-Fateer is Undefinable by Human Intellect:Allah Defines us.He loves us so much,that he took an Un-lettered Man(PBUH) from the Desert,Muhammad(SAW) and Gave him His Last Direct Message to Mankind:Embodied in Al-Furqan. We are told thath. فَبِأَيِّ آلَاءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ Fabi-Ayyi Ala-I Rabbikuma Tukazziban.May Allah Bless Pakistn,its Armed Forces, and its 200 Million People & Take Away Power From those who continue to rob the nation. A Nation which can Make a Nuclear Bomb with its Genius, can uses the same Genius to Reform itself. Ameen Fi-Imanillah.

 
 

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The Corrupt Anti Corrupts

LETTER TO EDITOR

 

September 23rd, 2015

 

 

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Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

The Corrupt Anti Corrupts

 

 

 

 

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A plethora of graft, corruption at all tiers of the government in almost all departments, various kinds of scams, land grabs, land mafias, China cuttings, ghost schools, teachers and employees in various departments, water board scandals, bhatta khori and extortion by public servants as well as private set ups, money laundering, tax evasion  etc. etc. – you name it – are surfacing with each passing day. Some of the cases are years old even a decade or more.  Those who know such a state of affair call it all just a tip of the iceberg as according to them the actual mountain of corruption is no smaller than the Nanga Parbat !!  One wonders where were all the anti-corruption and other vigilant agencies – some within the departments itself and many others independent as fully fledged departments by themselves for all these years to allow the corruption grow to this monumental scale?!  Had they been vigilant and performing their duties du! tifully and responsibly the things couldn’t have gone that bad. The mere fact that we do have such a huge number of corruption cases shows that either these agencies were in cahoots with the perpetrators of such crimes or were highly derelict in the performance of their duties.  In both the cases they must be made accountable before a court of law and punished severely, if found guilty, to serve as a deterrent to others in future.  

 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd) mbdin newsCol. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
Tel: (051) 5158033
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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Ramday’s relative is being appointed SBP chief

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Ramday’s relative is being appointed SBP chief

  • FEBRUARY 13, 2014

Islamabad, Feb 13 (Pak Destiny) Banker Muhammad Zubair, the relative of retired justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, is likely to be the new chief of State Bank of Pakistan.
Highly placed sources told Pak Destiny that the name of Muhammad Zubair, son of Chaudhry Farooq (former attorney general in the previous government of Nawaz Sharif), has been shortlisted for the top post.
“Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is negotiating salary and other perks with him. Mr Zubair has demanded huge salary package,” the sources said. Pak Destiny

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