'Report Corruption' App launched in Pakistan by PM Imran Khan
ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan launched the anti-corruption app called 'Report Corruption' in Islamabad today (Monday), in connection with International Anti-Corruption Day.
Addressing the ceremony, he hailed it as a major step in making the country corruption free. He expressed hope that this app will help transforming Pakistan into a modern and transparent nation.
The Prime Minister said the anti-corruption establishment Punjab has been successful in recovering billions of rupees from corrupt elements which need to be widely publicized. He said the recovered money will be spent on the uplift and betterment of people. Imran Khan urged the Punjab government to widely disseminate information about the money recovered from corruption to people.
The Prime Minister regretted that people are unaware about the vital link between corruption and their miseries.
Referring to the example of China, the Prime Minister said hundreds of people have been put in jails on graft charges including ministers in order to eradicate corruption from their country. He said in Lebanon, Chile, Iraq and other countries people are protesting on roads against the corruption of their rulers. He said in this day and age it is not easy to hide corruption.
Imran Khan said today corrupt countries are poor and transparent nations are rich. He referred to the example of Congo, Nigeria and other African countries which are rich in natural resources but their people are facing extreme level of poverty due to rampant corruption in their societies. Switzerland, on the other hand, lacks natural resources but is very prosperous and rich.
The Prime Minister said a modern and prosperous society gives great emphasis on anti-corruption. He said when corruption in any society increases, the money that was to be spent on health, education and other necessities of people transfers to the pockets of corrupt people. As those corrupt people are afraid of discovery of their ill-gotten wealth, they transfer it abroad.
Terming overseas Pakistanis as precious asset of Pakistan, he said they can invest heavily in the country if they are sure of no corruption.
The Prime Minister called corrupt person as enemy of the people.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar said government is committed to eradicate menace of corruption from the province.
He said launch of this new "App" is beginning of a new era. He said this App will enable the complainant to view the progress on his complain.
The Chief Minister said government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf will full its agenda of justice and accountability.
He said Anti-Corruption Establishment of Punjab has land worth of 132 billion rupees and about 4.75 billion rupees were deposited in national exchequer.
Usman Buzdar also urged the people to play their due role to eradicate the corruption.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Accountability Shehzad Akbar in his remarks said we will digitalize Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment on the direction of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
He said launching of the App is a step forward to automate the system. He said this App will be practical demonstration of Whistle Blower concept.
The Special Assistant expressed hope that Anti-Corruption department will double its recovery after the launch of this App.