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Transparency International declares Pakistan more corrupt than before

In the latest report published by Transparency International, Pakistan has been declared a more corrupt country than before in its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for the year 2020.

While analyzing developments in 2020, Transparency International once again ranked several countries, the latest CPI specifically looks at the correlation between corruption levels and nations’ response to the coronavirus pandemic last year.

The 2020 report highlights the impact of corruption on government responses to coronavirus, comparing countries’ performance in the index to their investment in health care and the extent to which democratic norms and institutions have been weakened during the pandemic.

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In this regard, Chairman Transparency International Pakistan Chapter Sohail Muzaffar said that the country scored just 31 points in the latest index. He said that the National Accountability Bureau claimed to have recovered Rs 365 billion in corruption in the last two years, despite these claims; Pakistan is declared more corrupt than before.

The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people.  It uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

Pakistan’s ranking in the 2020 CPI was 124 out of 180 countries. The country’s ranking in 2019 was 120 with a score of 32. In that year, with an average score of just 44 for three consecutive years, the Asia-Pacific region made little progress in the fight against corruption.