Lahore: President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday said that Transparency International has testified for the second time that the incumbent government is a thief.
Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif said in a statement that it is unfortunate that Pakistan has slipped 16 notches further in the corruption index. Corruption is increasing rapidly under Imran Niazi and the whole world is now saying that Pakistani Prime Minister is a thief, he added.
Lauding last tenure of PML-N, Shehbaz Sharif said that under Nawaz Sharif’s honest and competent leadership, corruption in Pakistan declined as good governance, transparency and legal reforms of PML-N improved the ranking of Pakistan in the corruption index by 23 places and country’s image improved in the world.
It is worth mentioning that Pakistan has dropped 16 percentage points on the International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) to 140th place compared to 124th place in 2020.
The Berlin-based nonprofit publishes the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) annually, which ranks 180 countries and territories based on the level of perception of corruption in the public sector, according to experts and business people.
Pakistan lost 16 positions in 2021 compared to 2020 and 20 positions compared to 2019. In 2020, Pakistan ranked 124th on the global corruption list and 120 in 2019.
In neighboring countries, the corruption score of India and Nepal remained unchanged; however Iran is down by one position Malaysia by five. On the other hand, Afghanistan declined by 9 and Turkey’s by 10 positions.
Denmark, Finland and New Zealand top the index this year with 88 points. South Sudan, Syria, and Somalia are at the bottom of the chart.