HRCP regrets departure of SBP governor
LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has expressed alarm at the “deteriorating level of governance” in the country. It has observed that the departure of the State Bank of Pakistan’s governor is another example of showing the door to an official who refused to bow to pressure.
A statement issued by the commission on Friday said: “The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has watched with concern the deteriorating level of governance in the country. It is true that the federal and provincial governments are facing numerous challenges because of militancy and utter chaos they inherited from the previous regime.
“At the same time, it is regrettable that nepotism, corruption and self-interest continue to be a priority of the government. It is evident that such malpractice takes a heavy toll on people’s right to transparent and efficient governance that alone can bring prosperity and security.”
The recent departure of the SBP governor just ahead of the annual budget, it said, was another example of easing out an honest and upright official. The HRCP believed that the public and the press must continue to hold the government accountable for its decisions of appointments at key institutions, it said.
The appointment of the new governor of the Central Bank should be watched closely, it said and urged the government to respect merit rather than personal loyalties while making such crucial decisions.