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Uprooting Corruption: Lessons from China


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Mar 4, 2017
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After taking oath as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 18, 2018, Imran Khan has visited China three times (2018-2020, once every year) during his 33 months in power. After the first visit to Saudi Arabia, which is customary for all new entrants, the Prime Minister showed the importance Pakistan attaches to its most trusted friend, China, by visiting it next.

The much talked about issues in his speeches in China and elsewhere has been his “firm” (but without any roadmap) commitment (verbally) to uprooting corruption and alleviating poverty. On both issues, he vowed to learn from China.

After 70 years of our cherished diplomatic ties with China, it is an appropriate time to evaluate what Pakistan has not learned from China despite clichés and slogan mongering to counter financial crimes.

In an op-ed, coauthored with Hassan Aslam, it was opined: “Although Pakistan and China are poles apart in terms of the constitutional framework, forms of government, and state structure, Pakistan should undertake a detailed study of the Chinese anti-corruption lawfare model from all perspectives.

Some questions that Pakistan needs to address include (but are not limited to) the following: Does Pakistan require stand-alone superagencies to separately regulate the public and private sectors? To answer this question, Pakistan may need to take a holistic view at the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 (NAO) with a new set of legal eyes.

Another important question that Pakistan needs to ask is what are the different forms of corruption that are rampant in Pakistan that require laws, and whether the existing anti-corruption laws are adequate to tackle existing corruption and corrupt practices”.

The oft-repeated top agenda of Imran Khan as head of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), which literally means “Pakistan Movement for Justice,” was across the board accountability and making Pakistan a prosperous and egalitarian society. According to his close aides, it is his unwavering “belief” that “prosperity of people is not possible without punishing the corrupt, irrespective of their party affiliations.”

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