KARACHI - Zafar Iqbal Khan, director of the Investigation Wing at the Financial Crime Division of the National Accountability (NAB), has said that corruption is a global menace and almost every country is suffering from it.

Addressing a seminar on the “Role of Youth in the Fight Against Corruption” organised by the Karachi University (KU) in collaboration with the NAB at university’s Arts Auditorium, Iqbal said that corruption destabilised the government and destroyed the economic growth. He said the NAB was established in 1999 through an ordinance and it later became an act of parliament in the 17th Amendment. He said the NAB launched the national anti-corruption strategy in 2002 for eradication of corruption. He said the economic growth needed an exemplary accountability system. He said the NAB had recovered Rs278 billion from corrupt people since its inception in 1999 and this was “a great achievement”. He said the NAB had signed an MoU with the Higher Education Commission to include anti-corruption and ethics in universities’ curriculum. He said the youth and students had a pivotal role to play in elimination of corruption from the society. He thanked acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Iraqi and the university registrar for inviting him to the seminar. He called for adopting a curriculum based on ethics and anti-corruption education.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Khalid Iraqi said a lack of rule of law was the major reason for corruption. He said that a strict accountability system was pivotal to curbing corruption. He said the judiciary was an institution that had a vital role to play in this regard because it was its responsibility to uphold the law and dispense justice to people. He said the role of the media in eradication of corruption was commendable because it was exposing influential corrupt people.

“We must educate our youth to fight corruption and we should become their role models. We all in our individual capacity must take action to stop corruption since it’s our national responsibility. We must be completely intolerant to corruption,” Dr Iraqi said.

He called for strict punishment to corrupt individuals to give a strong message to corrupt people. He said it would help curb corruption. He announced that anti-corruption education and ethics would be included in the curriculum of the Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences. He said that students would be involved in the next programme, which would be organised in collaboration with the NAB at the Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences.

KU Registrar Prof Dr Moazzam Ali Khan highlighted the role of varsities in curbing corruption and role of teachers in promoting ethics and anti-corruption values among students.