Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi has launched a hotline to tackle corruption. He said, that uprooting corruption is the top most priority of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. ARY NEWS
The Minister urged the people to report any sort of malpractice or corruption at any level on the hotline or the email address. Daily National
The Minister announced in a video message on Twitter, ‘that he wants to make Pakistan one of the top maritime nations in the next five years’. People can WhatsApp or SMS him on the mobile phone number — 0300 0822234 – or send him an email at; email@example.com. He said, anything related to ports using these channels, from officials asking you for bribes to issues at the port, no matter what level the officer involved is at. However, he cautioned that the reports must be accompanied by evidence. SAAMA NEWS
Syed Ali Haider Zaidi assured, that he will personally monitor and take action against anyone who is involved in corruption. He said, that complete eradication of corruption from ports is his foremost priority as ports play an important role in improving economy of the country. Daily Times
In September, an accountability court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Babar Ghauri, in a reference pertaining to Rs 2.8 billion corruption in the Karachi Port Trust (KPT). Dawn
Corruption is rampant all over Pakistan. It has caused an unbearable loss to our economy. Unchecked corruption over the years has had a damaging impact on the maritime sector as well. To promote transparency and curb corruption, the hotline is a positive step by the Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs. According to Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, “Maritime Ministry can bring a positive change in Pakistan because the role of ports is undeniable in the case of progression of Singapore and Dubai”. It means Pakistan’s ports have a lot of economic potential. By developing, as well as eliminating corruption in this sector, Pakistan’s economy can be boosted.