ISLAMABAD, Dec 9 (APP):President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday terming accountability an important organ of State side by side with judiciary, parliament and executive said for the first time in country’s history, the accountability process was underway with non-political approach.
Addressing at an event to mark International Anti-Corruption Day here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President stressed that accountability process must be started from the powerful.The President said all citizens were equally accountable before law, however regretted that different treatment meted out to elite and common man was still a challenging scenario. He said unless the powerful person surrenders before law, the process of accountability should not be extended to the weaker segments.
He said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf included in its manifesto a strong campaign against corruption and called for taking more steps to bring improvement in electoral system to ensure transparency.
He said every state institution had a responsibility to check corruption, adding that citizens could end corruption in politics by rightly choosing the power of vote.
He said accountability became a norm in democratic countries, however the concept was first introduced in the State of Medina set up by Prophet Hazrat Muhamamd (Peace by upon Him).
Dr Alvi said anti-corruption departments were working in the country, however there was a need for effective implementation of law.
He said as soon as the society started realizing the wrongs of corruption, the journey of improvement would start. He said as per rules of National Accountability Bureau, the accused was liable to provide proof of wealth beyond his resources.
The president expressed satisfaction that a new dawn had set in the country for bringing back money looted from the national exchequer. He said earlier, the accountability process in Pakistan only revolved around victimization of politicians.