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Pakistan ranks 120 out of 180 countries on Corruption Perceptions Index 2019

BERLIN: According to a report released by Transparency International (TI) here today, Pakistan has been ranked 120 out of 180 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2019.

It is the first time in a decade that Pakistan has slipped lower on the CPI. The Country was ranked at the 117th place for the years 2017 and 2018. It transpires via CPI 2019 that corruption is more pervasive in countries where big money can flow freely into electoral campaigns and where governments only pays heed to well-connected and rich.

TI chief Delia Ferreira Rubio stated: “Similar to previous years, the data shows that despite some progress, a majority of countries are still failing to tackle public sector corruption effectively…Governments must urgently address the corrupting role of big money in political party financing and the undue influence it exerts on our political systems.” MD of TI Patricia Moreira held: “To have any chance of ending corruption and improving peoples’ lives, we must tackle the relationship between politics and big money. All citizens must be represented in decision-making.”

According to the report of Transparency International this year Pakistan was ranked 130 on the CPI that is above Afghanistan, Iran and Bangladesh. Interestingly, India was ranked at the 80th place on the CPI. While the countries that fared worst include Somalia, South Sudan and Syria, the top countries on the CPI were New Zealand, Denmark Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland.

TI suggests that states should attempt to eradicate corruption by managing conflicts of interest, controlling political financing, strengthening electoral integrity, regulating lobbying activities, tackling preferential treatment, empowering citizens, and reinforcing checks and balances. TI maintained that it was necessary to contain corruption in order to foster the integrity of political systems globally. TI hold that would restore trust, and lead to a decrease in the perceived levels of corruption prevalent in several countries.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.