Before a crowd of more than 500 national officials and dignitaries at the National Library of Pakistan, including high-level political party representatives, foreign ambassadors, public servants, and engaged citizens, Rai Manzoor Husain Nasir was named Pakistan’s first ever Integrity Idol winner today. Chosen from hundreds of nominees, Nasir’s dedication to serving citizens and carrying out his duties honestly has earned him the respect of his colleagues, superiors and most importantly- Pakistani citizens.
“I feel very gratified that the team of Integrity Idol recognized my honesty and diligence” said Nasir at today’s ceremony, noting that the award also belonged to all officials who are working to serve the public.
Siraj ul Haq, the Chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, applauded the efforts of Accountability Lab by stating, “Integrity Idol is a one of its kind contest which will help bring transparency and integrity to the public sector and ensure good governance across our country.” He congratulated all five nominees and this year’s winner saying: “these Integrity Idols are role-models for all of us.”
Rai Manzoor Hussain Nasir has become well-known for giving his personal mobile phone number to citizens so that they can call him at any time if they face problems; for creating a sense of community among his staff; and for making sure every rupee of public money is spent in a transparent way. Nasir added: “Satisfaction comes from serving people…the respect of every human being comes first. This prize means everything to me because it comes from the Pakistani people. My message to young people in this country is to join the civil service and serve with honesty- you will win respect”.
Now a global initiative, Integrity Idol began in Nepal as a way to recognize and inspire upstanding government officials three years ago. The four other finalists in the 2016 competition in Pakistan included Farukh Attique, Deputy Commissioner of Mastung, Balochistan; Meher Un Nisa, the Media Coordinator for the Planning and Development Department of Sindh; Fida Hussain, a lab assistant in the government post graduate college in Mardan; and Imtiaz Khan Khichi, Assistant Commissioner of Depalpur. The nomination process for Pakistan’s 2017 Integrity Idol will open next week.
“We saw incredible energy today from the people of Pakistan who have truly shown that they support and want to celebrate honest leaders,” noted Brig ® Musaddiq Abbasi, Chairman Board of the Accountability Lab Pakistan. “I encourage everyone in Pakistan to join us in this effort to ‘name and fame’ those who uphold the Pakistani values of honesty, integrity and accountability.”