Being a humble student of law and political science, whenever I conduct some research work and sit in the library, I often read about several legal and quasi-legal instruments and a few watchdog institutions specifically formulated and designed for controlling public service ethics. Despite this fact, public accountability constantly deteriorates in our society as we all see, hear and speak about it.

Indeed, the watchdog institutions charged with the responsibilities of controlling public service ethics in Pakistan are Parliament, Judiciary, Police, Anti corruption, Inspection Commissions, Monitoring Units, among others, both at federal and provincial levels. Painfully, all these institutions have proved generally ineffective in controlling public service ethics in Pakistan today. The Parliament is supposed to control public service ethics through its Public Accounts Committee (PAC) but the prevailing situation and circumstance establish that the said committee of the Parliament has also lost its desired utility and efficacy.

HASHIM ABRO,

Islamabad, September 9.