Pakistan is one of those countries that lag far behind in the due implementation of rules, regulations, and proposals. An example of it can be taken from the Women Protection against Violence bill that was passed by the Punjab Assembly back in February 2016. Despite the enactment of the said bill, there has been no noticeable decline in the rate of rape cases per year and in the number of women being killed in the name of honor.
Just like that, there were numerous proposals that were prepared in the 1990s and 2000s that would have helped in improving accountability of the government sectors. But even those proposals were not implemented in the manner prescribed by law. Leave the implementation part alone, those proposals were not even read thoroughly by the concerned authorities and their progress had been stalled for some time now.
Some of the most important proposals that have been halted include an audit of government expenditure, tax audit, procurement of government contracts, monitoring and follow-ups on work. One senior bureaucrat said that the current system in Pakistan does not need any improvement; it rather should be scrapped off completely and a new system should be put in place if things are supposed to be changed.
However, the problem is that there is no proper system in place that can replace the old system. All such proposals don’t get the due media attention because of the fear of questions being raised as to why these proposals were not implemented in the past. All these proposals were prepared in order to get the input from the senior officials.
The main reason for these proposals not being implemented is that they would put an end to all the corruption that is going on in the institutions that handle revenues, expenditures and different projects under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP). These proposals would also end the exercise of awarding contracts to fraudulent companies or to companies that give favor to certain individuals.
All these proposals will increase the accountability of the institutions that people don’t want and hence they are not implemented. The most recent case of accountability in Pakistan took place of PML-N head Nawaz Sharif resulting in his dismissal from being the Prime Minister of Pakistan over corruption charges.