Ansar Burney announces anti-corruption drive across Pakistan

August 21st, 2011 - 4:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Aug 21 (IANS) Human rights activist Ansar Burney Sunday announced that a massive anti-corruption campaign and anti-terrorism movement would be kicked-off across Pakistan after Eid.

Burney’s announcement comes at a time when Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare’s fast for a strong Lokpal bill entered its sixth day Sunday. Anna Hazare was detained Aug 16 and taken to a Delhi prison, where he remained until Friday when he shifted to a sprawling ground.

Burney had facilitated the release of six Indian sailors of an Egyptian cargo vessel in June. They were freed by Somali pirates after 10 months in captivity.

Burney, a former federal minister, said that at present Pakistan was facing a painful period in its history with rampant and continuously growing corruption and terrorism, Online news agency reported.

“The politicians have joined hands and completely plundered this country to the brink of destruction. They have looted the treasury, bankrupted national institutions, sold off natural resources and even our sovereignty.

“The people have no food or water, no shelter, no electricity, no education, no healthcare, no jobs and no security. Every basic necessity has been stolen from us as a result of rampant and unchecked corruption,” Burney was qouted as saying.

A press release said the Ansar Burney Trust announced the start of a massive anti-corruption campaign and movement following Eid as a first step towards saving the country.

“We urge the nation to stand together in this common cause,” said Burney.

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