Speakers at the meeting of Shura Hamdard Karachi chapter urged the government to do whatever it can to root out the corruption from Pakistani society as terrorism is a by-product of corruption. The meeting was held on Thursday February 9, 2017 on the theme: Corruption and terrorism”, presided over by Justice (Rtd) Hazizul Khairi at a local hall. Mrs. Sadia Rashid, President, Hamdard Foundation Pakistan was also present at the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, Guest Speaker and former member of National Assembly Dost Muhammad Faizi questioned why Pakistan has far lagged behind of those countries which had won freedom side by side of Pakistan?. ‘It is because of the confusion spread out in Pakistan regarding its political system whether it would be a secular or Islamic state? Whether Pakistan is a home of one nation or different nationalities? Which would be the national language of Pakistan?’, he said adding that Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had categorically declared that “Urdu” would be the national language of Pakistan; Pakistan would be democratic, Islamic welfare state and Pakistan was a homeland of one nation.
He lamented that after the death of Quaid all his sayings were neglected as we saw tremendous confusion over the construction of Kalabag Dam and matters, related to CPEC, in the mind of many persons and every one was asking what benefits his province would get out of these projects. This confusion should be finished in the larger interest and development of the country, he added.
Syed Zahoor Ahmed, also a guest speaker, said that those who were defending their homes and homeland could not be determined as terrorists. Therefore a correct definition of terrorism should be defined, he added.
Commodore (Rtd) Sadeed Anwar Malik was of the View that death penalty must be imposed on corruption doers as was being done in China, and in this regard necessary legislation be made accordingly. In order to have quick verdicts on cases of terrorism, we should also change the witness law replacing it with French law in which the criminal / accused has to provide the proofs of his innocence.
Prof. Dr. Khalida Ghaus while opposing the death penalty on corruption said that it would not be helpful in eradicating the corruption. A change in social behavior and mindset would be fruitful instead; she added and further said that stability of democracy and strengthening of country’s institutions would be more fruitful for the reduction of corruption in the country. Using religion in every matter was wrong and an immoral act as it paved the way of corruption, she concluded.
Haq Nawaz Akhtar, former Chairman, Pakistan Steel Mills said that the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had chalked out a wonderful plan for Pakistan’s stability, success and progress i.e. all Pakistanis would be a nation; would enjoy the right of movement and Pakistan’s system would be based on merit and equality.
Dr. Tanveer Khalid emphasized on inclusion of essays on terrorism and corruption in curriculum of schools, so that children could be able to know the bad effects of corruption and terrorism in early age.
Prof. Kafeel Ahmed was of the opinion that social justice and mass education were inevitable to stop terrorism and corruption in the country. Engineer Anwarul Haq said that rule of law was the only solution to curb the terrorism and corruption but the implementation of law should be visible on roods too. Naushaba Khalil said that the deterioration of morality and national spirit in our society was responsible of rampant corruption and terrorism in the country.
Zafar Iqbal said that corruption was a cancer but we were treating it with aspirin. Those who didn’t get opportunity were honest in our nation. We need a leader like Moa-de-zong, because corruption was deep rooted in the country, started from the time of governor general Ghulam Mohammed. Shamim Kazmi said while we talked about corruption we forget the agricultural corruption which had spoiled our village people. Nusrat Nasarullah, Huma Baig, Usman Damohi, Khalid Ikramullah Khan and Mrs. Mussarrat Akram also spoke. Shura has condoled the death of Urdu Novelist, Bano Qudsia and offered fateha.