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December 6, 2017



Corruption has become a system in Pakistan: minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Privatisation Daniyal Aziz has said that corruption has become a system in Pakistan where members of provincial and national assemblies are not the major beneficiary but bureaucrats from top to bottom are enjoying luxurious life.
“Look at Wapda Town Lahore where an SDO lives in a house of worth Rs50 million to 100 million but he is drawing salary of only Rs80,000. You can figure out their real income by witnessing their lifestyle.
“A Station House Office (SHO) of Police depending upon locality of different cities is getting over and real income in the range of Rs0.3 million to Rs30 million from all sorts of criminals,” Federal Minister Daniyal Aziz publicly admitted on the eve of 20th annual conference organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Tuesday. The three-day conference kick-started on Tuesday and different sessions will be held in upcoming two days.
The minister pointed out a major structural flaw in the governance structure of the country by stating that there was free market economy having parliamentary form of democratic system in our country but for bureaucracy, there was still incentive-based mechanism devised from Marxism by doling out perks and privileges in the shape of big houses and cars. He said bureaucrats did not care about accountability, parliament or media but departmental inquiry opened up their eyes. Citing example of enforcement of contracts, he said that the judiciary, special banking courts and even police had failed to deliver on this front.
He said that SHO of his constituency used to take 2 to 3 lakh per month but the SHO posted at posh area of Lahore would be getting Rs20 to Rs30 million per month. He said that a DIG posted at Lahore and Multan was used to getting different salary during the British Rule. He said, “You get what you pay for” and added that there was a need to reverse the political frame in order to bring the desired governance

changes in Pakistan.
Earlier, in the inaugural session, Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal said that there was no need of any country in the region to worry about because of CPEC as it could guarantee progress to whole region including India.
“The CPEC is not for security but it aims to promote trade and prosperity,” he added. He said that there was an acute energy crisis when the PML-N had assumed powers in 2013 and even there was no energy to recharge UPS. “Now loadshedding has been reduced to zero on many grids,” he added. The ADB’s Country Director in Pakistan, Xiaohong Yang, said that Pakistan requires foreign exchange in order to build up reserves and it could be done through connectivity and promoting trade. Pakistan, she said, will have to boost its manufacturing of goods and services.
Former deputy chairman Planning Commission and renowned economist Dr Nadeem Ul Haq said that plots and perks had become major stumbling blocks in the way of undertaking ‘deep reforms’. He said that there was not much demand for undertaking reforms so gossips on cup of tea would lead us nowhere.
He advised the policy makers not to depend on donors or anyone for undertaking any substantial reforms. Challenging the utility of growth model which was pursued in last 50 years, Dr Haq said that the data of different sectors did not depict real picture of the economy so this model needed to be reversed altogether.
“Pakistan had secured more than 15 programmes from IMF and got hefty numbers of loans from other multilateral creditors but nothing changed on the ground. So this flawed and donor driven strategy should be abandoned” he added.
Earlier, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan would have to overcome challenges of political stability, climate change and institutional mechanism for reaping benefits coming out of connectivity and CPEC.
He said that Pakistan would be establishing nine Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as well as same number of smart cities along side these economic zones for building residences and other infrastructure as these SEZs would help Pakistan for fixing trade deficit by boosting exports.