Transparency International Report about Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Transparency international has published their report blaming Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to be the first in the corruption Index.

There are three aspects to the issue.

One is the inefficiency and lack of professionalism of transparency Int'l while conducting a survey in a fake and banana state like Pakistan where there is a lot of bias [their office is based at Karachi hence highlighting the report when there is a cold war between ANP and MQM has a lot of meaning in it].

Secondly the scope of survey was not aimed at the Pakhtuns specific areas and only covered non Pakhtun areas which is professional dishonesty.

Thirdly there is corruption in Pakistan in general and no steps have been taken to reduce it on state level.

The first two points should not bother Pakhtuns but the third point of reducing corruption should be taken seriously. Belonging to a poor and agrarian society, the govt of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should first try to know the causes of corruption and then find ways and means to eradicate these causes on provincial level atleast.

The basic cause of corruption is the lack of mechanisation and Production. The more a society depends upon human interactions the more it is vulnerable to corruption.

Hence the first step should be that systems should be mechanised ,systematised and computerised. The information explosion via the Internet, the mechanisation of transactions including bank, the seeking of jobs using cyber technology, the earning of income using e-commerce etc have all reduced a lot of corruption and created a lot means of income. The percentage of corruption in these institutions is much less than those sectors which use manual methods for transactions.

The second step is increasing industrial base and means of production. Increasing the means of Production reduces the liability of a society to be a consumer society and hence creates more and more jobs thereby giving opportunities to the people to earn money who would otherwise use unfair means to grab money and hence increase corruption in the society.

Without increasing Production capabilities and mechanisation of various sectors, to think that people will stop corruption by listening to the sermons of clergy is a utopian idea.

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