“A leader should always be open to criticism, not silencing dissent. Any leader who does not tolerate criticism from the public is afraid of their dirty hands to be revealed under heavy light. And such a leader is dangerous, because they only feel secure in the darkness. Only a leader who is free from corruption welcomes scrutiny; for scrutiny allows a good leader to be an even greater leader.”

–Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute

the Sun (2011).

 

Our rulers in Pakistan seem to have become sacred cows that cannot be questioned.

With the media’s growing power and reach, however a new global phenomenon is in the making. There are no secret vaults where the corrupt rich and powerful can hide their wealth and not face accountability. The Panama leaks are merely the opening scene of the larger picture of national and global corruption that is in the process of unfolding.

Time and again, sceptics remind us that nothing changes in Pakistan, as though we are doomed to be a corrupt society. Our people have accepted this as a part of our culture and philosophy. This fatalistic mentality has been ingrained in us. The current crisis once again provides an opportunity for the civil society and state organs to rise to the challenge of challenging corruption at institutional and personal levels.