In the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International for the year 2021, Pakistan was ranked 140th out of 180 countries while last year Pakistan was ranked 124th in the CPI rankings.

Corruption levels around the world have stagnated, with 86% of countries not experiencing the slightest increase over the past decade.

Transparency International Corruption Index
Pakistan’s score is declining every year under the PTI government. Photo: Screen Grab

In such a scenario, Transparency International has revealed in its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2021 that the ‘rule of law’ and absence of state grip have led to a significant decline in Pakistan’s CPI score.

According to the report, Pakistan’s score has dropped from 31 out of 100 to 28 while the CPI has dropped from 140th out of 180 countries in 2020 to 124th.

Commenting on the report, Justice (Retd) Nasira Iqbal, Vice Chairman, Transparency International Pakistan, said that there was no change in the CPI 2021 scores of India and Bangladesh as compared to CPI 2020.

Keep in mind that under the PTI government, Pakistan’s score is decreasing every year. In 2019, it dropped to 120th, in 2020 to 124th and in 2021, it dropped further to 140th.

Earlier, during the PML-N regime in 2018, Pakistan was ranked 117th out of 180 countries.

In its report, Transparency International found that countries that violate civil liberties have consistently low scores in the CPI index.

The report said that indifference in the fight against corruption increases human rights violations and creates a vicious circle by damaging democracy.

Transparency International says that as these rights and freedoms disappear and democracy declines, dictatorships take their place, raising the level of corruption.

Transparency International CPI 2021


World situation
The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories on a scale of zero (extremely corrupt) to 100 (extremely clean) according to their level of public sector corruption.

The global average of CPI is maintained at 43 for the tenth consecutive year and the score of two-thirds of the countries is less than 50.

Denmark (88 scores), Finland (88), New Zealand (88) are the top countries in the index, as well as the world’s top 10% in terms of democracy and civil liberties.

On the other hand, Somalia (13), Syria (13), and South Sudan (11) are at the very bottom of the CPI.

Syria ranks last in terms of civil liberties, while Somalia and South Sudan are not included.

According to Transparency International, of the 23 countries whose CPI scores dropped significantly since 2012, 19 also lost their civil liberties scores.

In addition, in 2020, 98% of the 331 cases of murder of human rights activists occurred in countries with a CPI score of less than 45.

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