Pakistan ranks three spots down-Corruption Perception Index 2019

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According to the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2019, Pakistan falls three spots and settled on120. In 2018, Pakistan was ranked at 117. Since 2015 Pakistan’s ranking has remained at 116-117 but this year Pakistan slips to 5-year low in CPI.

The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) is the leading global indicator of public sector corruption. It scores and ranks countries based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be by experts and business leaders.

A scale of 0 to 100 is used to rank nations, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Pakistan scores 32 out of 100, below the CPI average of 43 for the year 2019.

The five most less corrupted countries which secure the top five ranks with their scores are New Zealand (87), Denmark (87), Finland (86), Singapore (85), Sweden (85) and Switzerland (85).

The most corrupt countries at the bottom of the index with their scores are Somalia (9), South Sudan (12), Syria (13), Yemen (15), and Venezuela (16).

China is only Pakistan’s neighboring states which shows an improvement of seven spots and ranks 80 this year. Although India declined by two spots, it still did much better as it was ranked at the 80th place, scoring 41/100 on the CPI. Moreover, Afghanistan ranks (173) with a score of 16 and Iran (146) with a score of 26 out of 100.

This CPI put the PTI Government in a questionable spot about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tall claims to eradicate corruption in the country. Despite such big claims of eliminating corruption, Pakistan has slipped three more places on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI)-2019.

PM Imran Khan has declared the last few years as the most corrupt years in the history of Pakistan and has named the previous governments as ‘corrupt mafia’, whereas CPI states that corruption in Pakistan is more rear this year as compared to last year. Inflation and unemployment have unleashed miserable consequences for the common people.

Chairman Transparency International Pakistan Sohail Muzaffar appreciates the efforts of NAB and said

“NAB, under the current leadership of Justice (R) Javed Iqbal, has performed much better, and NAB been rejuvenated after it has taken various initiatives to have collective wisdom in the conduct of inquiries/investigations on merits, which is lending quality,”

PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said:

“Transparency International has awarded PM Imran a medal of further degrading in corruption level and PTI government was plundering national wealth with both hands, destroying the economy.”

Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani  (PPP) criticized the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) saying

“PTI’s claims and slogans have proven to be false and the international body has put a stamp on Imran Khan’s incompetence and ineptness”

The CPI revealed that more than two-thirds of countries on its list scored below 50 on the index this year. A majority of countries in the world are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption.

According to TI analysis, “Corruption is more pervasive in countries where big money can flow freely into electoral campaigns and where governments listen only to the voices of wealthy or well-connected individuals”

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