Welcome to our Success Stories section.
Here you will find true stories about victims of corruption, their struggle and their eventual triumph. The names have been changed to protect the identity of the people involved. We hope these stories help to inspire you to stand up to corruption.
The Case of Children’s Park
In January 2015, few children (age, 6 to 10) came to register their complaint in a Mobile ALAC which was held in district Badin. Their complaints were about a park which was built for them but had been closed for the last three months because it was not inaugurated by a VIP. TI Pakistan calle the Town Municipal Officer (TMO) and provided details of the complaint. TI Pakistan also advised our partner NGO to follow it up. TMO immediately investigated the matter and ordered his staff to first clean the park and open it for the children.
Our partner NGO, HAPE Development and Welfare Association followed up the complaint. The partner NGO confirmed that the park had been opened for the children after a week. The impact of this case was that the citizens became aware of the children’s fight for their rights. The children have become a source of motivation for the elders. The results not only encouraged these children, but also motivated their elders not to be intimidated in reporting such cases. The other important aspect of the case was the immediate response of the TMO. It shows that if government officials start performing their duties with honesty, corruption can be eradicated.
Illegal Encroachments in Talhar, district Badin
In January 2015, a complaint was lodged in the Mobile ALAC held in district Badin against the illegal encroachments in Talhar, a part of the district. These illegal encroachments were causing a traffic jam that was further adding pain to a common citizen, patients in ambulances, the students, and the workers who have to report on time. The citizens had reported the encroachment problem to the local authorities many times before, but no concrete action was taken.
TI Pakistan contacted the Town Municipal Officer (TMO) and informed him that many complaints had been registered in the Mobile ALAC regarding this issue. TI Pakistan advised the partner NGO to follow up the case. TMO decided to take action against it. An operation was started in Talhar against the encroachment after the orders of the TMO. The result of the case gave relief to the citizens of Talhar, district Badin and their long awaited demand was fulfilled. .
Sidra, In Pursuit of Justice
Chak 315. Burewala, District Vehari Irfan Ali was the father of Sidra who was a student of Bachelor of Arts (BA). She was brutally murdered by Javeed, the son of an influential person when she denied him to marry her. According to the First Information Report (FIR), the girl was shot dead by a gun G3. The same gun was taken from the custody of Javeed. But later on, by using the influence, the accused party changed the name of the gun from the FIR. This made the whole case against Javeed very weak. The poor Irfan Ali could not fight against these odds who have influence everywhere.
In April 2015, a Mobile ALAC camp was organized by ALAC in Chak 315, Burewala in collaboration with Sudhar Development Organization. Irfan Ali was watching people going to the camp, registering their complaints and getting free legal advice. Although he was a very scared person, but seeing the other citizens registering their complaints encouraged him to check for himself. When he described his problem, he was not only encouraged to fight for his rights but was also advised how to proceed in a legal manner. TI Pakistan advised our local partners to accompany the complainant to the Civil Court –where the matter was sub-judice- and filed an application for the inquiry. They also gave an application to the District and Session Judge Sub-district Vehari, and another in Multan High Court. Irfan Ali had broken the shackles of his fears after meeting with Mobile ALAC’s team and wanted justice for his deceased daughter. He was moved by the motivation given to him in Mobile ALAC.
The Civil Court after considering his application ordered an inquiry to investigate whether the gun mentioned in the FIR was the same which was used in the murder, and there was a case of FIR manipulation. For further investigation, the bullets shells and the gun were sent to Lahore to the forensic laboratory. After the testing, it was revealed that the stance of Irfan Ali was right and the gun G3 was actually the murder weapon. The FIR was corrected mentioning G3, the gun used for murder and taken from the custody of Javeed. The case of Irfan Ali has become very strong and reportedly will be disposed off soon. ‘* Names have been changed
Allotment and Possession of a Property of an
Mr. Khan* was an old, retired man living in Karachi. His late father, an Ex Corporal Technician of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), was granted 32 acres of agriculture land under the Defense Force Quota in the year 1966-1967. His father paid the instalments up to 1987 and later expired in 1993. At the time of his death, there were some instalments left.Mr. Khan approached the concerned Revenue Authorities for the issuance of a challaan towards the payment of the outstanding instalments with respect to the land. He also approached offices of the Revenue Department for this purpose, but he was not issued any challaan.
Thereafter, he filed an application to the Ombudsman for the possession of his plot. By this time, he had received the challaan which was then paid and submitted by him. Hence, all his outstanding fines were paid. However, he was still not given possession because the Revenue Officers wanted some easy money to come their way. Adamant against giving bribes, Mr. Khan kept on visiting different offices of the Revenue Departments despite his poor health.After some time, on 28 April 2008, the Honorable Provincial Ombudsman (Mohtasib Ala) Sindh passed an order in his favour and directed the Executive District Officer (Revenue) Sukkur to hand over physical possession of the land within 30 days. Even though the EDO Revenue was supposed to hand over the possession to Mr. Khan, the complainant was deprived of the physical possession of the land despite fulfilling all the required formalities and paper work.Thereafter he approached TI-Pakistan and lodged a complaint.
TI-Pakistan firstly scrutinized and verified his compliant. Then, on 9th July 2010, TI-Pakistan wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary Sindh, Secretary Revenue Sindh, and Executive District Officer Revenue with a copy to the Provincial Ombudsman to look into the matter and redress his complaint.In reply to ALAC’s letter on 14-10-2010, the Honorable Provincial Ombudsman (Mohtasib) Sindh directed the Executive District Office Revenue to complete all the legal formalities to resolve the issue regarding the allotment of land and removal of encroachments in respect of the allotted land in question.Mr. Khan visited the Executive District Officer Revenue office a number of times but the Executive District Officer Revenue was unavailable despite issuance of such clear cut orders by the Ombudsman.ALAC wrote a letter to the Executive District Officer Revenue again on 13th May 2011 and requested him to look into the matter and redress his complaint; we further requested to fix a date for collecting the allotment order.Thereafter, the complainant happily informed us that he got the allotment/possession of the property and that the matter was resolved successfully.This is another success story of ALAC as after its intervention the relevant authority provided the asking relief to the aggrieved person.
*Actual name is changed
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Scooter Manufacturing Company in Residential
Area of Hyderabad
Dr. Asim*, who was living in a residential area of Hyderabad, called ALAC and informed us that in his area someone had opened a Scooter Manufacturing Company, which is against the Environmental Protection Laws. He wanted to file a civil suit in the court and also had an intention to contest it in person. For this reason he contacted ALAC and wanted to get the requisite help and advice. He further asked to know which laws were actually being violated in his case, as he was a lay man and was unaware of this knowledge.ALAC’s lawyer informed and advised him that Section 278 PPC had been violated along with sections 11,12,13,14 and 16 of the Pakistan Environment Protection
Act. He took this information and thanked us. The next time he called, he informed us that he had filed a civil suit in the Civil Court, Hyderabad. The complainant called again and informed that the opponent party told the court that they are ready to move his business from there but he would have to tear down Dr. Asim's boundary wall to enable his machinery to be moved. The court told him that if that was necessary he would be allowed but he would have to reconstruct this wall at his own expense. On the other hand, the complainant was of the view that machinery could be moved without tearing down the wall.When he discussed this matter with ALAC’s lawyers, they advised him to file an application for appointment of a commissioner by the court who would check out and send a report to the court and state whether it is necessary for the wall to be taken down or not so that the court may pass an appropriate Order accordingly.
On the advice of ALAC’s lawyers, the complainant filed an application. Later on, he got the orders in his favour and his opponent had to remove the machinery without tearing his wall. For the rest of his matter, the complainant contacted us again and informed that his case had been fixed for final orders.After a few days, we called him back for an update when he informed us that the Civil Court had passed an order in his favour. He had won the case and paid thanks to ALAC for guidance and helping him regarding this issue.The matter had been resolved successfully.
*Actual name is changed
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Illegal allotment of a plot on 100-feet-wide road
adjacent to Plot C-64
On 24th February 2010, ALAC received a phone call from Mr. Ahmed. He told us that he had a complaint against Sindh Industrial & Trading Estate (SITE) and wanted to visit ALAC’s office personally. He was given an appointment and was advised to bring a written application/complaint with relevant documents.
The next day, 25th February 2010, he visited ALAC’s office and shared some very interesting information. He said that Sindh Industrial & Trading Estate (SITE) had allotted a plot on a 100-feet-wide road in the industrial area at a portion adjacent to his plot, which had been
serving as a major thoroughfare. He provided the copy of the Site plan. It could be easily seen from the plan that the allotment of the plot completely blocked the smooth flow of the heavy traffic, causing difficulty to the citizens.
On 2nd April 2010, after carefully examining the complaint and related documents, ALAC wrote a letter to SITE’s Managing Director (MD) Karachi in which he was told that SITE had illegally allotted a plot adjacent to the complainant’s plot (no. C-64). ALAC also explained that Mr. Ahmed had written to the relevant office on 17th November 2009 regarding the issue, but no action had been taken by the SITE authorities. ALAC requested SITE’s MD to look into the matter and if found correct, take action and direct the concerned staff to resolve it under the law.
On ALAC’s request, the MD took action and on 7th April 2010 at 1:46 PM ALAC received an email from Ahmed. He informed us, with great delight, that the matter had been resolved because of our support and communication. The encroachment had been removed and the road was restored, while the traffic was back to normal. This has been a great success for ALAC and its mission.
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