Summary: This year on International Anti-Corruption Day 2019, Transparency International Pakistan joined hands with number of stakeholders to highlight the detrimental effects of corruption and the need for strong anti-corruption laws and its implementation in Pakistan. TI Pakistan organized a series of events across Pakistan. These included: anti-corruption walk in District Buner, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Sukkur, Matiari and Karachi Sindh province, and Bahawalnagar and Chaniot, Punjab province. TI Pakistan also organized anti-bribery/anti-corruption workshop for more than 400 employees of Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical company to emphasize on the need for strong internal controls and business ethics. Similarly, a seminar was also organized at Lasbela university, Balochistan.
In district Matiari, all Talukas Assistant Commissioners, Circle officer Anti-Corruption Department, DHO , DEO Matiari participated in the anti-corruption walk. In the event held in District Buner, District Social Welfare Officer, educationalists, journalists, district councilors, and social workers participated in the walk and seminar and highlighted the importance of transparency and good governance. Participants identified various forms of corrupt practices and their impact on the general public. In the event held in district Bahawalnagar, Assistance Commission Bahawalnagar and Assistant Director Anti-Corruption participated in the walk. A large number of females also participated in the activities.
This year, TI Pakistan also aimed to create awareness of linkages between corruption and the climate crisis. Pakistan occupies a unique position in the climate chart as it ranks among the top 10 most vulnerable countries to be affected by the climate change, as per the Climate Risk Index 2019. TI Pakistan believes that ensuring transparency and accountability in the climate funds holds the key to tackle the climate crisis. If such conditions are not ensured, then Pakistan will continue to suffer from glacier melts in its Himalayan belt, breath-choking-smog in Lahore, ecological murder of peacocks in Thar, heat waves, shortage off potable water, draining system, in Karachi, all in all, endangering lives in the mountainous north to the coastal south.