Corruption Increases in Pakistan in 2019
In its report, Transparency International, an international organization, said that corruption in Pakistan increased rather than decreased in 2019 and for the first time in 10 years, Pakistan’s score declined instead.
Transparency International released its 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report, which showed that corruption increased in Pakistan in 2019 and further deteriorated Pakistan’s global ranking.
According to the report, Pakistan’s CPI Index score dropped from 33 to 32. The performance of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), led by NAB’s current chairman Javed Iqbal, has improved, with NAB Pakistan extracting Rs 153 billion from corrupt elements. Yet Pakistan has lagged behind in the corruption index. For the first time in 10 years, Pakistan has fallen behind in the Corruption Index.
According to the CPI report, corruption in other countries besides Pakistan increased last year, after which the scores of these countries in the global ranking went down significantly. Canada’s score dropped from 81 to 77 after 4 downs. In France last year, corruption also increased. France’s score fell from 72 to 69 after a 3-point downfall.
According to the report, two-thirds of the 180 countries scored less than 50 in corruption-free countries. Denmark and New Zealand are the least corrupt countries in 180 countries in the world. However, despite being ranked first, Denmark had a downfall and its score was 88 to 87. Besides, Finland is third in the least corrupt countries, Singapore fourth, Sweden fifth, Germany ninth, Britain 15th, and the United States 24th, while Pakistan is 120th among the least corrupt countries.