Widespread corruption in Pakistan continues to seriously undermine state-building and threatens to destroy the trust of Pakistani people in their government and institutions while fueling insecurity. As the international community emphasizes the need to counter corruption, Pakistani people agree: their worries about the devastating effects of corruption concern about security and employment.
It is therefore urgent for all those working on bringing stability in Pakistan to establish an anti-corruption strategy and a solid plan of action for its implementation, in cooperation with Pakistan leadership and citizens, which embeds transparency and accountability into all facets of public life.
Credibly and effectively addressing corruption is essential to rebuild trust in the institutions of the state. At the same time, the local community urgently needs to take a hard look at itself, the ways in which it contributes to the problems of corruption, and the real contributions it can make to solves issues in the future to help strengthen all anti-corruption efforts and foster integrity, transparency and accountability in public institutions of Pakistan
This road-map must become a local priority with a strong focus on implementation. The success of any anti-corruption effort will depend on direct responsibility being assumed by the civilians, diplomatic and social communities. They must all become integral parts of solution efforts.
There are many ways in which the young generation and the local community can assist in creating a culture in the public and private sectors that respect integrity, transparency and accountability. This includes scaling up training and providing support to full-time anti-corruption teams in each Ministry, increasing mentoring of senior officers and officials, provision of expertise in specific areas such as prosecution, and other vital areas.
Fraud Fighting is an anti-corruption movement that urges the political and institutional leaders to work with champions of integrity both within and outside the Government of Pakistan to create a Pakistan-led diagnosis of corruption in the country. The community can help to identify corruption challenges that require primarily a Pakistan-led solution and those requiring joint efforts.
There is an urgent need for immediate action along with a sustained and comprehensive long-term plan and commitment; the scale of governance problems demands nothing less. Any frivolous act may prove to be a cosmetic effort and ultimately will not benefit the Pakistani people.
Fraud Fighting Pledge to Supporting a credible, Pakistan-run anti-corruption plan based on a collaborative Pakistan-led diagnosis involves scaling up anti-corruption training and resources. It means developing transparent monitoring mechanisms for reconstructing projects, dealing effectively with corruption in public procurement, full transparency and accountability in revenues budgets and their disbursements at different levels of Pakistan Government.
In addition, the police and judiciary must be fully functional and operate with integrity to regain the trust of the Pakistan people.
This web platform, www.fraudfigting.org offers the chance to discuss and promote constructive and practical measures to push back the tide of corruption in Pakistan. We provide people, institutions and organizations with resources required to combat fraud and corruption at every level. For real and lasting change, we urge you to turn this opportunity into a long-term strategy backed up by commitment of the Pakistan’s leadership.