As is well accepted amongst our middle class intelligentsia, the number one threat to our country is corruption. It is the primary cause of inflation, loadshedding, suicide bombings, assassinations, drug use, traffic problems, stale cigarettes, and tight shoes.
I must admit that though corruption certainly exists I have often doubted that it was the number one problem facing our nation. That was the past. MashAllah my eyes have been opened thanks to the unparalleled reporting of Ansar Abbasi Saab.
Off and on Washington reprimand Islamabad on the issues of corruption and transparency but it is interesting to note that scrutiny into the USAID sponsored projects show that US NGOs equally corrupt. It also raises question over the strict monitoring mechanism of the USAID.
And this is not peanuts that we are talking about, no sir. This is not some petty “fine” paid to police to get out of trouble or maybe a little “gift” to ensure that your package is not lost by the post office.
Initial findings by the inspector general’s office “reveal evidence of serious corporate misconduct, mismanagement, and a lack of internal controls, and raise serious concerns of corporate integrity,” [The Washington Post] quoted a statement from USAID. It was also reported that the AED has 65 contract awards from USAID worth roughly $640 million.
So you see, just as Pakistan suffers from corruption, also the US suffers from corruption. This is obviously why the US also is suffering from inflation, loadshedding, suicide bombings, assassinations, drug use, traffic problems, stale cigarettes, and tight shoes.
After all, if corruption is responsible for all our problems, surely it would cause those same problems in America also…