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 galvanizing massive support.

Burney said: "They have looted the treasury, bankrupted national institutions, sold off natural resources and even our sovereignty".
   
The people of Pakistan had no food, water, shelter, electricity, education, healthcare, jobs or security, he contended.
   
"Every basic necessity has been stolen from us as a result of rampant and unchecked corruption," he added.    

"Look where we stand today – the very people we elected to protect us, are the people now responsible for dozens of bodies across the country. Murderers and plunderers now hold most important posts in the country," Burney said.

(Agencies)