December 09: International Anti Corruption Day

I didn’t know that it was the International Anti Corruption Day today (on the same day as Eid). I came to know this when I entered Islamabad in the morning via Islamabad Highway. Banners were put up on the street-light posts on the green belt from Faizabad till around Zero Point.

Your NO Counts

Corruption: Your No Counts

The message on the banner “Your NO Counts” seemed realistic. I do believe that every little ‘no’ really counts. I hope that ‘anti corruption’ does not remain a topic to discuss or a day to observe. I hope we all realise the kind of menace corruption is and try to make all efforts to minimize it. And then eventually eradicate it completely.

8 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on December 9th, 2008 @ 10:20 pm

    Personal rectification is the most we can do at this time.


    But are we even paying attention? =\

  2. emran on December 10th, 2008 @ 3:56 am

    Yes , I saw that PenaFlex Banner too. I dont think anyone is paying attention to it. This is the first forum where I heard about it. Can we remove corruption by just get the banners printed and displayed?

    We need to do somthing else…………

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  4. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on December 10th, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

    I think the ones who want to pay attention are doing so. But it is unfortunate that many a times people get entangled in this web even if they want to avoid it. I know that after paying a thousand visits to get a genuine task done in an office, i would certainly be tempted to make the concerned person ‘happy’ monetarily so that he would help me. And i might do it too. *shame on me* I know, but it is the truth.

    This web of corruption is quite strong. But i also believe that small nips here and there will weaken it and eventually everybody would be free from it. I am looking at the silver lining and waiting for that day. Meanwhile, i am doing whatever i can on my own to inflict the ‘nips’ on the web. I am sure many would be beside me in this battle. All with me say ‘Aye’! :-)

    Yup my thoughts exactly that we need to actually do something instead of just putting up banners and discussing the issue. Starting from our own selves is the first step we can take. What do you think?


  5. kaami on December 11th, 2008 @ 1:57 am

    We are a nation that has the distinction of forcibly bringing back one of the most corrupt individuals in the world and installing them as President and Chief Ministers. In doing so got rid of an upright and clean head of state. Therefore, we truly deserve to congratulate ourselves and celebrate by observing “ A Pro Corruption Day” instead of any “Anti Corruption Day”

  6. kabirdas on December 12th, 2008 @ 1:43 am

    After laughing and crying so mused Kabir Das:

    I am against corruption unless I am part of it.

    let there be no mistake

    Before you start proposing corruption free Pakistan please weigh its pros and cons first. If you stopped corruption howsoever little the government is functioning now will come to a grinding halt. Nothing will move. Files will pile up and start collecting dust in IN TRAYS. The OUT TRAYS will become an ideal place for spiders to weave cobwebs. Do you want this kind of situation or would like to see the files move nomatter if at snails pace. Corruption for our government to function is like grease for the function of an obsolete worn out piece of machine. Let us continue with corruption as our way of life and live happily thereafter.

    Rishwat is a double edge sword. Both good and bad as will be evident from the following two thought provoking lines:


    It is said both taking bribe and giving bribe are Haram. I agree with the former but not the latter statement. For most part the former is an option; the latter is a compulsion or is it the other way round??

    When Benazir Shaheed became the PM first time I distinctly remember her announcing that she will not give permission to any one for corruption. Her exact words in Urdu were: MeiN kissi ko corruption ki IJAZAT nahiN dooN gee. She proved true to her words and did not give permission to anyone for corruption. It is another thing that no one went to her to take permission for corruption and thus the corruption continued without her permission. Now don’t be pedentic and ask me who did she take permission from for corruoption ??

    I agree with one of Dostovisky’s (spelling?) character who says in one of his novels something to the effect: Cheating a Bank, Government or a Company is no cheating since they cheat people much more than people can ever cheat them.

    Once I had to go to a Pawari to request him to visit my piece of land for demarcation. He right in front of many people asked me for a huge sum for this service. I felt bit embarrased and told him how does he expect me to give a bribe being a SARKARI MULAZIM. He advised me in front of all those people without mincing his words that in that case I may take MY SARKAR with me for demarcation of my land!

  7. kabirdas on December 13th, 2008 @ 1:54 am

    If the number of comments is a criteria then corruption in Pakistan is not a major issue or at least it is not a major issue for the subscribers of IMB.

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