Corruption eradication crucial to development: CM-KP

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PESHAWAR
Chief Minister Mahmood Khan termed eradication of corruption as indispensable move for achieving the goal of national development and prosperity, saying the dream of national development cannot be realized without getting rid of the corrupt mafias in the country.
Mahmood Khan claimed that Pakistan Tehrek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has launched a historic struggle against corruption at the national level to rid the nation from self-centered and corrupt mafias and to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state.
In his statement issued here from the chief minister’s secretariat with regard to World Anti-corruption Day, the chief minister said that corruption has become the worst oppression of today’s society and it is our religious and national obligation to stop this oppression and defend the rights of oppressed humanity.
“Unfortunately, Pakistan is amongst the countries that has been hit severely by corruption and corrupt practices,” he added and regretted that it was corrupt practices which paved the way for the regime change conspiracy that resulted in toppling a democratically elected government and replacing them with a conglomerate of corrupt political mafia.
CM-KP underlined the need for collective efforts to eliminate corruption and to protect the poor, which is also our religious obligation.
Mahmood Khan stated that the corrupt elements make it to the power corridor and these exploitative forces bring along total devastation to the nation. We have to respond collectively in order to eliminate corruption.
He said when PTI came into power in KP, it sensitized the decision-makers to plan a transparent system as envisaged in the PTI’s manifesto.
The PTI government in the province spent considerable time on legislation for this purpose.
We have framed the first ever Right to Information Law to promote transparency and accountability in governance. This was followed by Right to Services in order to secure the rights of the poor.
The Chief Minister said that complaints cells have been established at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Office of the Chief Secretary and Inspector General of Police for redressal of complaints. Mahmood Khan maintained that rampant corruption is breeding societal degradation, weakening institutions, promoting injustice and violating merit.
The Chief Minister called upon the people to form a united front against corruption and corrupt practices, adding that every segment of society will have to play its role in upholding merit, transparency and justice.