Intellectual corruption harming nation

Karachi: Intellectual corruption is eroding the foundation of nation and country and all patriotic people should play their due role to check this malpractice, a moot was told here.

Speakers at a meeting of Shura Hamdard Karachi chapter Thursday evening condemning the prevailing rampant corruption in the country said that intellectual corruption is equally harmful as financial corruption to the country that kills the merit.

The meeting was held on the topic: “The perilous impacts of corruption on the country”, presided over by Justice ® Haziqul Khairi at a local hotel. Mrs. Sadia Rashid, President, Hamdard Foundation Pakistan was also present at the meeting.

Renowned economist Dr. Shahid Hasan Siddiqui said that as a result of corruption, tax evading and encouragement to make black money white the country was facing a loss of Rs. 21.36 billon per day and Rs. 7800 billon per annum. The amount, given by the NAB, was quite low from the real figure, he added.

‘Tax amnesty scheme is totally unreasonable, it should be withdrawn and assets, including amount of national savings, bank deposits, stock market shares and property of all individuals be put in computers along with their national identity card numbers and then be compared with the returns, filed by them,’ he said, adding that income of all sorts should be taxed without exemption after minus the personal expenditures.

He said tax evaders and people involved in corruption and crimes and those who did not come up with the requirements of clauses of 62/63 of the constitution should not be allowed to take part in general elections as candidates.

Justice (retd) Haziqul Khairi said that financial corruption was not the only corruption, but Safarish, Nepotism and misuse of power were also corruption.

Burhanuddin Hasan, former Managing Director of PTV Karachi said that terrorism in the name of religion and imparting wrong religious education were also corruption and equally dangerous to the country.

Eng. Anwarul Haq Siddiqui said that work should be done only on one single agenda and that was to curb the corruption.

M. Abdul Fazal, former diplomat said that money was the heart of corruption and the basic reasons of it were insecurity and class differences. There was a great corruption in Russia after the dismemberment of Soviet Union and a factory manager, who was getting a monthly salary of 500 Robles, became a billionaire within a night because he captured the factory of which he was a manager, he added.

Nusrat Nasarullah, a seasoned journalist, was of the view that diagnosis of the basic reasons of corruption was prerequisite to find remedies of it.

Qudsia Akbar said that poverty, illiteracy and greed were the main reasons of corruption.

Col (retd) Mukhtar Ahmed Butt stressed upon the curbing of intellectual corruption which was more damaging than financial corruption.

Com. (retd) Sadeed Anwar Malik was of the opinion that until and unless the curbing of corruption was not put on top in priority list of the government it would not be abolished from the country.

Dr. Abubakar Sheikh was of the view that change in social structure was needed to curb the corruption because white collar was involved in it.

Prof Sabir Ali Jaffery said that the only solution of the corruption problem was to strictly implementation of law and morally persuasion.

Prof Dr Shakil Farooqui, Shujat Ali Qasmi, Dr Naeem Qarni, Anwar Aziz Jakartawalla, Abdul Muqhtadar Siddiqui, Dr Rizwana Ansari, Dr Mohammed Ta’asin and Dr. Amjad Ali Jaffery also spoke.

Shura in a unanimous resolution condoled the death of its two members Mohammed Saeed Siddiqui, Dr. Mohammed Ali Siddiqui and renowned physician Hakim Mohammed Ahmad Barakati.