Corruption Cycle Phenomena

A few days back, i was coming back from a federal capital on a local transport. Next to me was sitting a person working as driver in Khyber Pakhtun Khaw “KPK” (a province/state of Pakistan) police department. I didn’t know him so as  he do. He got a large pack of chips in his hand, offered me to take some and said “Sir, please take some and enjoy the taste” I took some of the chips from the packet. He suddenly said to me

“I am working as driver in police and all the money for my food  during this journey has been given by my female head”.

I asked “Oh you are working under female police official ?”.

He replied “No, i am working in the house of a daughter of a retired Inspector general (IG) of Police and she also got official police vehicle in her house for use”.

Daughter of the retired IG has no what so ever connection with the Government and has no right to use Government vehicle or her driver. Initially i was amazed on his remarks but had idea of the corruption and misuse level of government property by on post and retired personnel’s. He further told me that he is illiterate as well as never appeared for any test or exam in the police for the post and only once wore the official uniform in his 2 years service life. He came from a village about 3 years back and started working in the house of a daughter of retired IG of Police, at that time she approached her father who was serving at the key post in KPK for a regular post for himself and easily appointed even he was a Punjabi (belong to Punjab Province). It is a rule that lower grade officials in police or other department shall only be appointed from the local province/state and no other person shall be taken upon from other provinces/states for these posts. He further said that the salary is coming from the KPK police and he is serving as house driver. He added;

“Government is despoiling her citizens through increase in prices of products, citizens are despoiling Government through not giving the taxes, Bureaucratic personnel’s are despoiling Government through their corruption as well as despoiling citizens by using their taxes for the luxuries provided in their services”

His sentence was not shocking for me but more his vision. He further said that i am despoiling government because every one is doing the same and she deserve that. That driver uses government vehicle whenever he went to his home village on leave or for all other assignments of house such as dropping the children of that lady (daughter of retired IG) to school etc.

Just think, this is not a single example, there are many more then we think may be in 1000’s that how retired or in service government officials are illegally using the resources of Government and no body is taking action because none got the guts to take action against the high government officials. That retired IG still has all government resources/officials with drivers as well as all security guards under his belt even he is retired.

Once, I went to GOR-1 (official housing colony for serving higher grade Bureaucrates/Government Officers in Lahore), all the houses were of more then 3 Kanals (1800 square yards) and most of the houses were occupied by retired Government Officers even after 1 year of their retirement and serving officers are facing difficulties in having accommodation. These retired officers were also using all government vehicles as used in their regular services and their junior officers cannot be able to take action against them because once they were their superiors.

“Respect matters more then acting on state Law”

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About ***** Azfar Abbas *****

My name is Azfar Abbas I am an MPA, a Development Sector Consultant & Operations Management Specialist. Worked with the IBRD (The World Bank), PIFD and international organizations. A Lahoree by birth, Taurian by Star, music freak, a writter, singer and a food lover from Lahore, Pakistan
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