Corruption in Pakistan is increasing with rapid pace and it not only destroying the society of Pakistan but also the economy of country. In latest Transparency International Index Pakistan is the 34th corrupt nation out of 178 countries of the world. Last year Pakistan was on 42nd position. Main reason of corruption in Pakistan is that corruption is supported by leaders and politicians of country who are the most corrupt people of this country. Our focus here in this topic is to explain the role of higher judiciary for eradication of corruption in Pakistan.
Today Supreme Court of Pakistan is totally independent from the influence of executive first time in the history of Pakistan and this is due to the fact that these independent judges are virtually appointed by people of Pakistan. Mass protests against Dictator Pervaiz Musharraf and lawyer’s movement for the restoration of judiciary are the factors which reinstated these deposed judges of Higher Judiciary. Chief Justice and other judges of Supreme Court are dedicated to eradicate the corruption. The NRO case is example in point in which Supreme Court declared NRO null and void and ordered to reopen and reinvestigate all the cases of corruption against politicians and bureaucrats including President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. Today there is cold war going on between corrupt politicians (either they are in government or opposition) and judiciary. Government is trying to sideline this independent judiciary by different tactics. NAB (National Accountability Bureau) is puppet in the hand of Government and recently Government appointed a controversial person as chief of NAB. Role of NAB is very important for the eradication of corruption from high strata of society and this department is working in almost all democracies of the world although with different names. An independent NAB is absolutory necessary to curb the corruption but in Pakistan NAB is under the influence of Government. In past NAB is used by the politicians in power to hunt their opponents. Without independent NAB and independent Judiciary it is impossible to eradicate the menace of corruption from Pakistan.
Corruption is mother of all social ills and many socio-economic problems will automatically be solved once corruption will be curbed. Supreme Court of Pakistan is trying to bring all corrupt politicians in court of justice but so far their efforts getting little success because of bureaucratic and governmental hurdles. As a member of legal community of Pakistan and as a true patriotic Pakistani we should need to fully support the Judiciary in its crusade against corruption. So far government is failed to pressurize the Supreme Court only because they know the power of people and lawyers behind them. In nutshell, today the Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam is bleeding due to rampant corruption of politicians, landlords and industrialists; the only hope against corruption is independent judiciary so we all should support it.