Kabul stays away from SAARC event in Islamabad
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Bangladesh have opted to stay away from the first-ever seminar of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’s (SAARC) member countries on anti-corruption measures in Pakistan.
Organised by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in collaboration with the SAARC Secretariat, two-day event began in Islamabad on Monday with a commitment to eradicating graft from the region through coordinated efforts.
Both Kabul and Dhaka had promised sending anti-corruption experts to Islamabad attend the regional event, Dawn reported on Tuesday. Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal told the daily he was unaware why his country had not sent its delegation to attend the seminar. “I am not in the loop and unaware about it.”
Bangladesh has not been sending delegates to Pakistan, where such events are attended by officials from embassy in Islamabad. Other SAARC members --India, Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives and Sri Lanka -- are in attendance.
The seminar is expected to agree on a mechanism for a joint campaign for the elimination of corruption from South Asia. A common strategy to enhance regional cooperation on combating the scourge may be debvised.
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