Anna effect: Burney to launch movement in Pakistan

Last Updated: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 15:41

Islamabad: Pakistani rights activist Ansar
Burney said on Monday he would launch a campaign against
corruption and terrorism in his country after Eid-ul-Fitr,
mirroring an anti-graft drive by Anna Hazare in India that has
gained thousands of followers.

Pakistan is confronting a "dire and painful period in its
history, with rampant and continuously growing corruption and
terrorism destroying every fabric of our nation and any
prospects of a decent future for our children and
grandchildren", Burney said in a statement.

Burney made no reference to Hazare, whose movement has
captured the public imagination in India, but said his
movement would get underway after the Islamic festival of
Eid-ul-Fitr that will be celebrated at the end of this month.

"It is now up to civil society to take steps to rid the
country of this evil before it is too late, and the Ansar
Burney Trust will kick-start a massive anti-corruption
campaign and anti-terrorism movement following Eid as a first
step towards saving our country," he said.

Burney said his proposed movement is aimed at bringing
"the nation together and making a stand that corruption will
no longer be tolerated".

The campaign will "expose the corrupt, whether they are in
politics, our bureaucracy, education institutions, law
enforcement agencies, businesses, charities, sports or even
the judiciary", he said.

He alleged that politicians had "joined hands and
completely plundered this country to the brink of
destruction".

Burney`s announcement came at a time when Hazare is
leading a major anti-corruption movement in India galvanising
massive support.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 15:41

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