Pakistan's ranking soars higher on most corrupt nations list

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 06, 2012 09:20 hrs

Pakistan's ranking on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has shot up from the 42nd position in 2011 to 33rd in 2012 as the most corrupt country.

Releasing the global index, Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) chairman Advocate Sohail Muzaffar said the country had scored 27 points and had been placed at 139th position among 176 countries, reports The Dawn.

Muzaffar said that on November 28 this year Pakistan had also been declared the seventh most corrupt country out of 97 in the rule of law index of 2012, which, he said, was a clear indicator of the fact that corruption in Pakistan was clearly othe rise.

Quoting the Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Muzaffar said that daily corruption in Pakistan was to the tune of Rs 7 billion. This, he said, meant that within five years, if the trend were allowed to continue unchecked, corruption would touch the Rs 12,600 billion mark.

Bhutan has the best record in the region.

About two-thirds of the 176 countries scored below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean), showing that public institutions need to be more transparent, and powerful officials more accountable.

Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tied for first place with scores of 90, helped by strong access to information systems and rules governing the behaviour of those in public positions.

TI chair Huguette Labelle said: "A growing outcry over corrupt governments forced several leaders from office last year, but as the dust has cleared it has become apparent that the levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings are still very high in many countries. TI's CPI 2012 shows corruption continues to ravage societies around the world."

"Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all public decision-making. Priorities include better rules on lobbying and political financing, making public spending and contracting more transparent and making public bodies more accountable to people," Labelle added. (ANI)

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