Pakistan more corrupt than India, says international watchdog
Tue, Nov 17 06:34 PM
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Pakistan, with a ranking of 139, is perceived to be more corrupt than India by global corruption watchdog Transparency International in its latest survey of 180 countries.
The 2009 Transparency International survey, released worldwide Tuesday, has ranked India 84th among the 180 countries assessed for integrity.
According to the findings of the independent organisation which tracks prevalence of corruption worldwide, Pakistan’s integrity score stands at 2.4 on the scale of 0 (perceived as highly corrupt) to 10 (least corrupt).
India, which shares the 84th spot with El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama and Thailand, has an integrity score of 3.4.
Pakistan has, in fact, slipped a notch below on the integrity score from 2.5 in 2008.
China, which was ranked a joint 72nd with India in 2007, has improved its corruption perception. It is ranked 79th and its integrity score is 3.6.
The least corrupt country in the South Asian region is the fledgling democracy of Bhutan, which has scored a good 5.0 and is at 49th spot.
New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland occupy the top five places as the least corrupt nations of the world, while at the bottom of the table come Somalia and Afghanistan.
Pakistan slips five places in TI index
By Amin Ahmed ||awn News.
Wednesday, 18th Nov, 2009.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 17: In its Corruption Perception Index for 2009, the Transparency International has placed Pakistan at the 42nd place, slipping five places from 2008 when it was at 47.
Most of the 180 countries included in the 2009 index scored below 5 on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (perceived to have low levels of corruption).
The Chairman of the Pakistan Chapter of Transparency International, Syed Adil Gillani, said that because of lack of governance and massive corruption the country had lost credibility and was facing serious economic threats, poverty, inflation, food and electricity shortages and increase in unemployment.
He said the government must make serious efforts to apply rules and regulations across the board to achieve the goal of reducing corruption.
Mr Gillani said Pakistan needed good governance and a transparent administration to counter corruption scams of billions of rupees in Pakistan Steel, TDAP, EOBI, PIA, rental power plants, KESC, NIC, NHA, OGDC, PSO, PEPCO, CDA, DP Division, DHAs, TCP, NBP, PC and many other organisations.
Mr Gilani said that the political will of the government to curb corruption was urgently required and it must also be seen by public and donor countries, like formation of an independent accountability commission as required by the UN Convention against Corruption under the HOPO Act, 2009.
This commission should report only to parliament or judiciary and not to the ministry of law, and it should look into corruption of all holders of public offices belonging to civil services, armed forces, judiciary and elected representatives.
There were some bright spots in the report — Bangladesh, Belarus, Guatemala, Lithuania, Poland and Syria were among the countries that have improved the most.
The highest scorers in the 2009 CPI are New Zealand at 9.4, Denmark at 9.3, Singapore and Sweden tied at 9.2 and Switzerland at 9.0.
From an analysis it is confirmed that the Islamic Countries facing the challenges of fundamentalism in the name of more Islamization including Taliban talisman find more corruption than the others. United Arab Emirates positioned 30 as an exception with the feature of superior control of the masters in the process of corruption unveiled and a little influence of Talibans. There is no exaggeration to say that More Islamic More Corruption. For example experts say that Somalia has maximum corruption with a highest tendencies to be blind Islamist.