Published Date: Jul 24, 2017
SDPI Press Release (July 24,2017)
Asad Umar terms lack of will as key hurdle in corruption free governance
The people sitting at the helm of affairs were the real obstacle for accountability and transparency as well as corruption free governance. The excellent work done by Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed by Supreme Court of Pakistan proved that the institutions and capacity was there but the people at top did not want them to function properly. Asad Umar, MNA and leader of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), said this while speaking at seminar ‘Accountability and Transparency: Embodied Access to Information Model’ at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Monday.
Asad Umar while highlighting the importance of corruption free governance and available mechanisms to ensure it said that accountability could not be established without ensuring transparency in the systems. It was for that very reason that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government introduced Right to Information (RTI) Act as its top most priority, he added.
The PTI leader added further that it was only to protect the corruption and cover the financial scams; our governments were resorting in concealing the information or making the access to information extremely difficult for common man. He said that it was he who offered the audit of all 342 MNA’s present in the National Assembly, but the ruling party did not allow it to happen.
Abdul Jalil, expert in financial management, on the occasion presented the details of various instruments that were available to discourage corruption in our governance systems. He said that the absence of relevant laws and lack of precedent in our judicial system were the major hurdles in ensuring accountability and transparency.
He said that our institutions including FBR and FIA were handicapped in in investigating financial irregularities whereas legal framework of audit was highly deficient. He explained further that in the matters related to financial irregularities, FIA was dependent on the inspectors that were not qualified for financial investigation.
Shakeel Ahmad of SDPI earlier explained various dynamics of the Embodied Access to Information Model (E-AIM) and emphasized on the need of understanding the fundamentals of the accountability. He said that access to information, especially being aware of the roles and responsibilities of individuals and institutions was a key to make them work and function in a responsible and accountable manner. He said that the inputs from experts and inputs from stakeholders would play pivotal role in creating effective information model.