When General Pervez Musharraf overthrew the elected Government of Mian Nawaz Sharif, one of the points he made, which was hailed by the majority of the people of Pakistan, was his determination to end corruption in the country. At that time too, the country stood as it does today, near the top of the most corrupt countries in the world. He created a ' National Accountability Bureau' with powers to deal with the corrupt mostly politicians and to recover the county's looted wealth.  The NAB made a good start with a soldier heading it, who was well known for his integrity and competence. As General Musharraf himself became a politician, his priorities changed and he began to see things differently. In my first meeting with him some time after he had assumed power, I had told him that his accountability' appeared to be selective'. I had not mentioned any names. I paused for him to say something but he did not reply and said ' go on, I am taking down notes'. In my last meeting with him, President Musharraf asked me as I was leaving, whether I remembered that in our first meeting I had said that ' My accountability was selective'. He went on to say that ' People talk about the Chaudhrys of Gujrat. I took their file home one afternoon', he said, 'and went through it for two-and-a-half hours. There was nothing in it. How can you take any action when there is no proof ', he said. During his time in power, Accountability had been restricted to the opponents of the government or those amongst the corrupt who had no influence with those in power. In spite of this, the NAB was able to collect Rs.220 billion. This is close to the annual Defence budget of the country, which in the current year is Rs.275 Billion. If the NAB had been allowed to function in an impartial manner, the amount collected would have been much greater, corruption in the country would have been reduced and at least one of the seven reasons for Musharaff assuming power would have been justified. His performance in this one field has been a major factor in his rejection by the people. The National Reconciliation Ordinance further confirms his role in compromising on principles that made nonsense of his declared resolve to clean the country of corrupt practices. It is therefore no wonder that during his stewardship, Pakistan has climbed further up in the international corruption ladder and stands amongst the top most corrupt countries in the world. The NRO which is probably his parting gift to Pakistan, will help ensure that Pakistan stays for some time at the top of the corruption ladder. The continued misuse of the NAB for political purposes and the NRO, together will undoubtedly ensure that Pakistan retains its position as one of the World's most corrupt countries. As if this was not enough, Pakistan has earned another distinction. It is now known as the 'most dangerous' country in the world. It is obvious that as a nation we have a lot to learn and we must persevere. If the army stays out of the political arena and leaves the people to make mistakes, the nation will learn. The process will be slow and will take time. The important thing is that Ayub Khans, Yahya Khans, Zia-ul-Haqs and Pervez Musharrafs of the future, however well intentioned they may be, should confine themselves to their professional duties and that too under political direction, remembering always what the Quaid-i-Azam had said that they are the servants of the people and are required to obey the orders of the elected representatives of the nation. This is the only way that we will learn and to this there are no short cuts. The road to salvation is long and slippery. Let us make sure that we travel on it with care and determination.