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Pakistan ranks 124 out of 180 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2020

Corruption in Pakistan is perceived to have increased compared to last year as the country now ranks 124 out of 180 countries, four places down from 2019’s ranking, on a global corruption perceptions list prepared by Transparency International (TI), an international non-governmental organisation based in Berlin.

The Berlin-based non-profit releases the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) every year, ranking 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people.

Pakistan lost four positions in 2020 compared to 2019 and seven positions compared to 2018. In 2019, Pakistan ranked 120th on the global corruption list and 117 in 2018.

The country has also scored less than last year in two categories, Rule of Law Index and Varieties of Democracy, due to which Pakistan’s score in CPI 2020 has been reduced by one.

The questions asked by World Justice Project in connection with Rule of Law Index and Varieties of Democracy are about corruption of government officials viz. legislature, executive, judiciary, police and military, explained chairman of Pakistan chapter of Transparency International, Sohail Muzaffar.

While commenting on the Transparency Interna­tional’s report, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Communication, Shahbaz Gill, explained that the lowering of Pakistan’s score in CPI 2020 was due to negative rating by two institutions out of eight.

In a tweet, he said that Pakistan was given 25 points in 2020 in the Rule of Law Index against 27 points given in 2019. In 2020, Pakistan was given 22 points in the Verities of Democracy category as compared to 27 points in 2019.

Giving full source description, Transparency International says 13 data sources were used to construct the CPI 2020.

NAB has welcomed the Transparency International report and said that the bureau under the dynamic leadership of its chairman, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, believed in eradication of corruption and brought big fish to justice so that looted money from corrupt elements could be recovered and deposited in the national exchequer.

The report says in the neighbouring countries, corruption score of India, Iran and Nepal has reduced by one and Malaysia’s score by two. Afghanistan score has improved by three and of Turkey by one.


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