LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that corruption is the biggest hurdle in the progress and development of the country and all segments of the society will have to make collective efforts for rooting out this menace. In a message on International Anti-Corruption Day, Shahbaz Sharif said that corruption in the past had weakened the foundations of the country and destroyed institutions, however, international institutions have certified decrease in corruption during the tenure of PML-N. ”The Punjab government has taken effective steps at government level for the promotion of transparency and merit as well as elimination of corruption. The Punjab government has promoted merit and transparency at every level and is corruption-free,” he held.  He said that International Anti-Corruption Day observed all over the world in the light of UN resolution creates awareness in the masses against corruption as well as provides an opportunity to the governments and anti-corruption institutions to accelerate their efforts for its eradication.