Corruption has increased in the last three years in Pakistan says Transparency international

 Pakistan has been declared 41st most corrupt country in TI global corruption perception index 2021

Transparency International has said that corruption increased in the last three years in Pakistan. PTI government came into power 41 months ago on the slogan to eliminate corruption from Pakistan. But TI index 2021 has revealed that corruption increased in the country under PTI rule.

According to the latest Transparency International corruption perception index 2021, Pakistan is the 41st most corrupt country in the world. Pakistan has been ranked 140 out of 180 countries in the 2021 index. Pakistan has lost 16 spots over the last year.

Pakistan’s score dropped by three points to 28 out of 100 points on the global corruption index. Last year, the country’s score was 31. "It shows that corruption has increased in Pakistan as compared to the last year," said the anti-graft watchdog in its report.

Transparency International Pakistan Vice-Chair Justice (retd) Nasira Iqbal said: “The absence of rule of law and state capture has resulted in substantial low CPI 2021 score of Pakistan compared to CPI 2020, from 31/100 to 28/100 and rank from 124/180 to 140/180, whereas there is no change in CPI 2021 Scores of India and Bangladesh from CPI 2020.”

Transparency International said that the CPI shows that corruption levels remain at a standstill worldwide, with 86% of countries making little to no progress in the last 10 years.

The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption on a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). The CPI global average remains unchanged at 43 for the tenth year in a row, and two-thirds of countries score below 50.

The top countries on the index are Denmark (88), Finland (88) and New Zealand (88), all of which also rank in the top 10% in the world on the Democracy Index civil liberties score.

However, Somalia (13), Syria (13) and South Sudan (11) remain at the bottom of the CPI. Syria is also ranked last in civil liberties.

Of the 23 countries whose CPI score significantly declined since 2012, 19 also declined on the civil liberties score. Moreover, out of the 331 recorded cases of murdered human rights defenders in 2020, 98% occurred in countries with a CPI score below 45, read the statement. 

                                                               Rukhsana Manzoor Deputy Editor

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