PESHAWAR: Speakers at an awareness-raising session suggested the introduction of special lessons in the school and college syllabi to keep the young generation away from corruption.
They were addressing the Shoora-e-Hamdard monthly session, which was arranged by the Hamdard Foundation Pakistan.
The title was “Effective accountability, stamping out corruption and its impact on the national economy.” A noted cultural activist, columnist, author and Shoora-e-Hamdard Speaker, Dr Salahuddin, presided over the programme. A senior poet of the Seraiki language from Dera Ismail Khan, Farooq Jan Babar, was the guest speaker. He believed that internal accountability mechanism in the state institutions was not effective. “This is why a need was felt and additional accountability bodies formed to carry out the process,” he argued.
Farooq Jan Babar said our religion has a system of accountability. He said Allah is omnipresent and we are under His watch all the time. The guest speaker said that there were lacunae in the legal system that benefited the wrongdoers. “Those gobbling up the national wealth go scot-free,” he lamented while elaborating on his earlier statement. Farooq Jan Babar said there was a need for legislation both at the federal and provincial level which should not only bring such people to justice but also serve as a stark warning to others. Later, the house was opened. The participants put up questions and made observations. The audience said a greater onus lies on the parents who should come forward and train wards to motivate them to have self-accountability and refrain from corruption in any form and manifestation