Accountability Without Credibility – Latest News – The Nation
The development and dismantling of liability laws is a matter of routine in our country. Yet those who make and break these laws remain unhappy with them and their enforcement, whether in power or in opposition.
Before taking office, Imran Khan made promises of good governance, accountability, justice and fair play, but then, despite the absolute support of the establishment and accountability organizations at the top, he summed up his accountability story like a failed program. In fact, he himself stayed away from this responsibility and targeted only a few selected political leaders. We can recall Imran Khan’s rhetoric for accountability at all levels, but it turned out to be a ruse to deceive the masses for political purposes. Later, the PTI government took some somersaults in the realm of accountability because the narrative that revolved around rooting out corruption and building good governance did not carry its fruits. Moreover, the government had lost its luster and the party was no longer as promising as it had been in its first years in power.
The PTI’s promises of accountability and good governance were not new to people over 40, but those promises were new to young people who fell into the political traps of Imran Khan’s justice. The elderly knew and had seen all the major political parties use such rhetoric to appeal to the masses. In reality, however, no government had taken serious steps to eradicate corruption from society. PML N in its 2013 campaign launched a number of anti-corruption slogans and promised to remove this stigma from society. After assuming the office of Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif issued a statement aimed at rooting out corruption: “My government is free from corruption and has not been marred by a single scandal of financial waste, because transparency in all projects is its trademark. A few years later, however, he remarked, “There is so much corruption in the country that if we get involved in proving it, all of our time will be consumed in investigations and we won’t be able to deliver. There are so many scandals and frauds that they cannot even be listed.
Now it looks like the same situation will repeat itself but with different maneuvers. Corruption, as we all know, is no secret in our society. We all suffer from this scourge in our daily lives and in all sectors of society. Despite all the rhetoric, the fiber of a corrupt society cannot be changed until governments, federal and provincial, do their utmost. If the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers gather detailed information on corruption through agencies and fail to take the necessary steps to catch the culprits, a green signal for corrupt practices is given. Thus, it can be predicted that like previous governments, this government will also lack the courage to curb corrupt practices.
Unfortunately, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) also turned out to be a fiasco. From time to time it releases banners and light flashes to convince people of its performance, but we know that since its inception not much has changed. The Public Accounts Committee, its sub-committees, parliamentary committees, ministries and departments have referred corruption cases to the NAB and FIA and even after three to eight years investigations have not been completed. If they failed to get the NAB and FIA to play an active role, then there is not much the common man can do for justice in the country.
It is pertinent to mention here that in 2013, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent a letter to all ministers, federal secretaries and department heads urging them to get rid of corrupt and dishonest officials and ensure transparency and accountability. rule of law. He also ordered that he be kept informed of progress, in this context, on a monthly basis. Even in his first cabinet speech, he said corruption would not be tolerated at any cost, but there were no notable achievements on that front. Slowly the slogan of responsibility lost its charm and people are no longer interested in such political gimmicks.
During his years in office, former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his cabinet did nothing to provide honest leadership at the lower, middle and senior levels of administration and his government fell far short of the goals it he had settled down. His statement that he could not fight corruption alone and that society had to be involved in the fight against this threat was completely understandable and indicated that corruption should be used as a political gimmick and that it had nothing to do with justice in reality. In fact, anyone with a lot of money remains untouchable in this country.
People can no longer expect the government to come out of its insensitive shell and do something for them. Justice, as we know, succumbs to those who have a say in the system or who can pay into the system.
In the previous scenario, where the enforcement of law, rules and regulations was a distant dream, although like other things, the rule of law was also a promised dream of the government.
Even today, people are eagerly awaiting their dreams and aspirations related to a new government. If their hopes are not once again supported and government practices promise rupture and appeasement, he will experience an extreme jolt, later if not sooner.