Whistleblower culture needed to fight corruption: Altaf Shakoor

Karachi (HRNW)  Pakistan needs a whistleblower culture to check the growing corruption and attacks of the economic hitmen of capitalists sitting in corridors of power in shape of so-called politicians, said Pasban Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Altaf Shakoor here Sunday.

He said in the West, especially Europe, the governments encourage whistleblowers in every walk of life so that the insiders detect and warn about any corruption and wrongdoing before it causes too much harm. He said the whistleblowers are fully protected under the law and they are even given a share from the money recovered from the corrupt mafias. He said in Pakistan economic hitmen of the capitalist have penetrated the government system and devoured the national economy. These economic hitmen working in guise of politicians. These so-called politicians sadly have looted the national economy in the periods of all three main political parties: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The shameful scandal of IPPs, their whooping profit margin and permission to them to send their fat profits outside the country in US dollars have shaken the whole nation. He said no doubt the economic hitmen operating under the political cover of the PPP, PML-N and PTI are responsible for the IPPs scam and they should be fully unmasked and dealt as per law. He said it is heartening to know that some lawyers and activists are going to file a constitutional petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the IPPs mega scandal.

He said besides the IPPs scandal with its shameful capacity payment looting, there are petrol, sugar, fertilizer, wheat flour, private banking, Forex and other mafias that have pushed the country to the verge of bankruptcy. A severe action should be taken against them to save the country from a total economic collapse. He said we take loans also on the behest of these economic hitmen and today about 80 percent of our national budget is spent to pay these loans and their interest. He said sadly Pakistan has become a textbook example of the debt trap.

He urged all citizens to become whistle blowers in all sectors of life and complain timely when they see corruption particularly in the sectors, departments and organisations where they work. He said it is our national duty to check corruption and bribery at every level and every walk of life. He said the national security organs and apex judiciary have a greater national role to take notice of the growing activities of the economic hitmen working in Pakistan to save the nation and country from a looming default. He warned that this is the last chance to save the country and immediate and targeted actions are necessary before it is too late.