Karachi: Sindh Minister for Anti-Corruption and Prisons, Manzoor Hussain Wasan, on Monday announced to expose mega corruption scandals during the past governments, especially from 2002 to 2007.
“Time has gone when only low level officials were targeted over corruption, and now action will be taken against officials above BPS-20,” he said while talking to media after presiding over a meeting of anti-corruption officers belonging to interior Sindh at Sindh Secretariat.
Wasan said that it would be his priority to expose corruption which was committed in the past, particularly during 2002 to 2007. He said: “We will submit challans in the courts against corrupt officials through proper prosecution, and we would be able to curb this menace to a larger extent.”
The anti-corruption minister said that it was their priority to investigate corruption cases in departments of food, health, local bodies, education, irrigation, agriculture, revenue and police. “In past, there was a trend that cases were only registered against low level officials but now we will investigate cases involving higher officials.”
He said that it would be difficult for him to do this job as corrupt people would use their influence to manipulate investigations but the leadership of Pakistan People’s Party and Sindh government had given him full authority to take actions against corrupt officials so that the government ensure good governance.
He said that they would investigate cases from 2002 and onwards. He also asked media to join hands with his ministry in this regard and pinpoint corruption. “We will act on every scandal being revealed by the media,” he added.
Wasan said that projects being run with the cooperation of Asian Development Bank, Nara Canal and others would be investigated and people found guilty of corruption brought to justice. He said that it had been revealed that revenue officials had falsely registered 500 acres of land in the name of forefathers.
He said that action would also be taken against corrupt officials present within anti-corruption department. “Anyone found guilty will face the music whether it is an anti-corruption official, a bureaucrat or a politician.”
Responding to a query over terror threats to Central Jail Karachi, the anti-corruption minister said that threats against Karachi jail were coming from different terrorist groups but the government had taken strict security measures to thwart any jail-break attempt by militants like the two occurred in Bannu and Dera Ghazi Khan prisons.
He said that the security around Central Jail Karachi and others across the Sindh province had been beefed up and no one allowed to have mobile phones within their jail premises. Moreover, he refused to comment on a query: how many criminals released on payroll during past governments tenure have been arrested until now.