Transparency International Clarifies Pakistan’s Ranking Does Not Indicate Rise In Corruption
Transparency International – Pakistan has issued a statement on Sunday clarifying that lowering of Pakistan’s rating did not “reflect an increase or decrease in corruption as it is within the standard margin of error.”
The international watchdog had released a report on global corruption perceptions last week. According to the report, Pakistan has slipped three sports from the previous year’s ranking.
According to a press release, the organization said it wanted to set the record straight and issue clarifications regarding “misreporting on CPI [Corruption Perceptions Index] 2019 in the media”.
The statement says that certain sections of media misreported ratings of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Transformation Index 2020, using data from the 2018 index instead. The data for the 2020 Bertelsmann Index, according to the statement, has not yet been made public and was exclusively made available to TI for the formation of its report.
The NGO further clarified that the corruption perceptions index is prepared by its Germany wing and that Transparency International Pakistan had no role in the creation of the CPI.
While responding to the government’s criticism following the release of the report, the press release clarified that TI had in no way termed the government of President Musharraf as most corrupt in the country, nor was the current government referred to as the second most corrupt one. The PML-N and PPP governments were also not called the “cleanest” ones.