Punjab Chief Minister, Sardar Usman Buzdar, on Tuesday, held corruption responsible for weakening the foundations of the country while lambasting the corrupt elements as its enemies as country reverted back instead of moving towards prosperity. He said this while talking to different delegations at his office in Lahore while adding that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had raised a strong voice against corruption. A policy of zero tolerance had been adopted by the government in this regard, he appended. The chief minister called the accountability of the looters extremely essential; reiterating the aim to root out the menace of corruption to move the country forward under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. CM Buzdar believed that the PTI had assumed power with an agenda of eliminating corruption as he claimed that it had ensured complete transparency in the utilisation of the national resources. There remained no room for corrupt elements in the new Pakistan, he maintained. National resources were said to be mercilessly plundered by rulers in the past as corruption continued to bankrupt state institutions. Buzdar expressed his party’s absolute commitment to ensure transparency in every sector and celebrated the solid efforts taken already to eliminate corruption and positively develop the national image. Prime Minister Imran Khan should be credited for initiating different policies to ensure transparency and reduce corruption, the chief minister stated. He noted that people from different walks of life should also stand with the government in its commitment to eradicate corruption. A new Pakistan would soon emerge under the transparent leadership of PM Khan, Buzdar promised. Published in Daily Times, March 20th 2019.