Pakistan less corrupt, according to global corruption list

Published: December 1, 2011
Showing improvement, Pakistan scored 2.5 in Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) compared to last year’s score of 2.3.

Showing improvement, Pakistan scored 2.5 in Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) compared to last year’s score of 2.3.

As opposition leaders accuse the Pakistan government of indulging in corruption, Transparency International’s report on global corruption suggests otherwise. Pakistan’s rank on the Index stood at 134, with 42 countries ranking worse. Last year Pakistan had only 34 countries ranking worse on the Corruption Index.

Showing an improvement, Pakistan scored 2.5 in Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) compared to last year’s score of 2.3.

The 0.2 difference signifies progression means Pakistan is improving in the global list of countries that are perceived to be corrupt.

Transparency International’s annual survey, which looked at 183 countries, ranges from zero (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (thought to have little corruption). A country’s rank can however change because new countries enter the index or others drop out.

India’s CPI score went down by 0.2, going to 3.1 from 3.3 in 2010.

Afghanistan showed improvement by 0.1 in its CPI score this year which was 1.5; however it remained in the list of worst scorers, topped by Somalia and followed by Myanmar and North Korea.

China went up by 0.1 with its score of 3.6 this year.

The US was scored 7.1 on the list which was the same as last year, while UK improved by 0.2 with a CPI score of 7.8.

“This year we have seen corruption on protestors’ banners be they rich or poor. Whether in a Europe hit by debt crisis or an Arab world starting a new political era, leaders must heed the demands for better government,” said Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International in a statement.

At the other end of the scale, New Zealand took the leading position by a CPI score of 9.5, followed by Denmark and Finland, scoring 9.4 each.

Two thirds of ranked countries in the list scored less than 5, that shows a global inclination towards corruption.

“2011 saw the movement for greater transparency take on irresistible momentum, as citizens around the world demand accountability from their governments. High-scoring countries show that over time efforts to improve transparency can, if sustained, be successful and benefit their people,” said Transparency International Managing Director Cobus de Swardt in the press release.

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  • Malik
    Dec 1, 2011 - 2:53PM

    Pakistan is still the 134th Corrupt country in the world. How is this positive?


  • Sena
    Dec 1, 2011 - 3:22PM

    There’s something comforting about thinking we can put a number to the amount of corrupt people in the world.


  • Tooba
    Dec 1, 2011 - 3:24PM

    “The 0.2 difference signifies progression means Pakistan is improving in the global list of countries that are perceived to be corrupt.”

    Or maybe other countries are becoming more corrupt.


  • TheWhisperer1
    Dec 1, 2011 - 3:26PM

    Transparency is difficult to establish when Governments control all information published. Even under Freedom of Information Governments “Black out” everything they do not believe you have a right to know.

    Australia is very good with the “Blacking out”. Don’t believe me? Ask a few questions under the Freedom of Information and find out my claim is correct.


  • NJ
    Dec 1, 2011 - 3:27PM

    UnbelievableButTrue ;)Recommend

  • FactChek
    Dec 1, 2011 - 3:40PM

    That is because less aid came in.


  • zalim singh
    Dec 1, 2011 - 4:27PM



  • Meekal Ahmed
    Dec 1, 2011 - 4:42PM

    Don’t disparage the improvement — even if it is modest. If our rank number had gone down, everyone would be crowing here.Recommend

  • Salman
    Dec 1, 2011 - 5:02PM

    Showing an improvement, Pakistan scored 2.5 in Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) compared to last year’s score of 2.3.

    Is it because few thousand tired of endless corruption have left Pakistan ???


  • Hu Jintao
    Dec 1, 2011 - 5:33PM

    @zalim singh:
    didn’t you find anything to rant about?


  • Owais
    Dec 1, 2011 - 5:37PM

    but why does the map above shows Kashmir in India?Recommend

  • Faisal
    Dec 1, 2011 - 5:39PM

    Good to know that corruption is reducing. GOP need to work more on reforms so as to make Pakistan a corruption free country.


  • You Said It
    Dec 1, 2011 - 5:45PM

    The power cuts meant that there were fewer hours that workers were in offices. So less chance for corruption. Who needs PTI to remove corruption when there’s PEPCO.


  • fahd amjad
    Dec 1, 2011 - 5:51PM

    hahahaha the author is web desk , a ghost writer looking to make a buck.Recommend

  • Su 30MKI
    Dec 1, 2011 - 5:56PM

    Communalism, Socialism, Liberalism, Marxism, Dictatorism, capitalism, Kingdom rule, what ever you name it..the thing is its not the system that is wrong, its the person who run it could make it wrong… you could see, almost every country with the system that i mentioned are in red…

    When your leader doesnt have a noble heart, then it doesnt matter what policy you follow..


  • Mrs K
    Dec 1, 2011 - 6:12PM

    I understand your scepticism when it comes to Information act and govermental transparency but an easy way to find out how corrupt a country is, just look at lives of people of low corruption countries and ask the citizen.

    I dont know about Australia and ‘blackouts’, but here in Germany, or in the neighboring countries, paying public servants to have something done is unheard of. Also look at the high standards of life that people in Denmakrk, Finnland etc enjoy.

    To contrast, in Pakistan you cant get a job in govermental college even if you have a MSc in Chemistry unless you pay rishwat.


  • Dec 1, 2011 - 6:18PM



  • Dec 1, 2011 - 6:20PM

    Because less IMF response and less funds for poor people. Recommend

  • Johnny
    Dec 1, 2011 - 6:20PM

    It’s hardly surprising to see that most of the most corrupt nations are usually most countries.Recommend

  • Bo
    Dec 1, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Funny how Tunisia who initiated the arab revolutions is lower than all neighbouring countries… as well as Italy! And yet they started the revolution.

    Wether it is a an argument for transparency can be hard to establish… or it just shows that Tunisians are better people than Italian… I don’t know.


    Dec 1, 2011 - 6:53PM

    u r right tooba other coutries bcm more corrupt we r the same


    Dec 1, 2011 - 6:54PM



  • Amjad
    Dec 1, 2011 - 6:54PM

    We all know Pakistan is in the same league as most poor Third World countries where corruption is rife. At the same time I think we already knew that Pakistanis are less corrupt than most developing countries, especially the corrupt African and Arab countries. It’s just that Pakistanis have a better talent of exaggeration than other Third World peoples!


  • pakman
    Dec 1, 2011 - 6:55PM

    Proves study is incorrect!


  • AK
    Dec 1, 2011 - 7:00PM

    No money, No corruption.


  • gangly khan
    Dec 1, 2011 - 7:10PM

    The report is false. Corruption has destroyed our institutions like railway, PIA,and steel mills. and revenue and other department are not behind as compared to top corrupt departmenst. Our rulers are corrupt. If the report has shown us progressing then how we can believe it when we see corruption all around and collapsing our institutions.


  • IndianAthiest
    Dec 1, 2011 - 7:11PM

    Joke of the century.


  • if
    Dec 1, 2011 - 7:47PM

    it also depend upon population… if china or UK is more populated that meant they r more corrupted due to more numbers of ppl than PAKISTAN


  • Shan
    Dec 1, 2011 - 7:51PM

    Nice and awesome for every petriot


  • Cautious
    Dec 1, 2011 - 7:57PM

    I doubt anything has changed in Pakistan over the last year — this is either a statistical anomaly or perhaps some of the international customers (prime targets for extortion/corruption) have stopped doing business as a result of Pakistan’s association with terrorist. In short — I doubt this report should be something to celibate.


  • umair
    Dec 1, 2011 - 8:04PM

    because Railways, PIA and steel mill left with nothing for corruption :|


  • Asim Malik
    Dec 1, 2011 - 8:40PM

    1- New Zealand (9.5)
    2- Finland (9.4)
    2- Denmark (9.4)

    wow I love it.


  • Hamid
    Dec 1, 2011 - 9:15PM

    Less corrupt?????? 134 is worse than being corrupt. We are worse than any other asian country.


  • Flirty thirty
    Dec 1, 2011 - 10:21PM

    So who did we pay off for this improvement? ;)


  • Raj
    Dec 1, 2011 - 10:53PM

    Corruption or no Corruption, Pakistanis are the most hospitable people in the world particularly Punjabis and Pathans. People should appreciate the positives of Pakistan as well.


  • Ilyad
    Dec 1, 2011 - 11:56PM

    I hope the numbers are not distorted because of an increase in overall population, or more corrupt people having left the country and less ones left behind?


  • Salma
    Dec 2, 2011 - 12:13AM

    so what will PTI sell now? if corruption is decreasing. BTW why do we wish to believe the worst…some psychic issue isn’t it!


  • hussnain
    Dec 2, 2011 - 12:26AM

    i guess pakistan didnt improved thing is others gone worse


  • Rational
    Dec 2, 2011 - 12:27AM

    Please get the fact rights, this list is all on a relative basis. The world is getting worse at a faster rate than Pakistan has. It might be because our president sees more opportunities abroad right now than in Pakistan.


  • Salman
    Dec 2, 2011 - 12:42AM

    Jiye Bhutto lol

    perhaps there is nothing left in the country to loot by our Mr President…damage has been done already :s


  • Jamil Chaudri
    Dec 2, 2011 - 1:36AM

    It is stupidity to believe that Pakistan is less corrupt now (viz-a-viz lasy year). A plausible explanation is that Procedures of Corruption have been made less easy to catch. This is the genious of the PPP at work.


  • Majid
    Dec 2, 2011 - 2:49AM

    This improvement was basically due to the supereme courts and Public accounts committee of the parliament.. PMLN can take the credit of both as PMLN restored the Judiciary and helped them do their work independantly and Ch. NISAR was the chairman and central force the war against corruption within the parliament.. PMLN we are proud of you… Keep Exposing the corrupts and frauds.


  • Nothing but the Truth
    Dec 2, 2011 - 2:58AM

    The map shows Kashmir as part of India, because that is how the whole world views it! Period.


  • ahmed mukhtar
    Dec 2, 2011 - 3:03AM

    a postive sign.


  • T Khan
    Dec 2, 2011 - 3:42AM

    not 142, we are the 43rd most corrupt….143 would have meant we had stepped in to the angels territory :/Recommend

  • Maria
    Dec 2, 2011 - 10:15AM

    @Nothing but the Truth: Some day the world will force India to respect UN resolutions on Kashmir and allow Kashmiris to freely vote to determine their future. We all know the truth and you will see it one day. Gloating about a map mistake does not remove the obvious fact that India has to hold on to occupied Kashmir with 500,000 non Kashmiri Indian soldiers whereas people in Pakistani Kashmir join the military with the hope of freeing Kashmir.


  • Mirza
    Dec 2, 2011 - 10:54AM

    The national assembly has been disclosing the corruption cases and only discussing them. The fruits of democracy woudl become more obvious as the time goes by. It is not surprising the the best countries are most stable old democracies. Where are the dictatorships? It is so obvious that hopefully Pakistani brothers would be able to see and understand it. Things caannot change in a short time but it is a good step in the right direction.


  • Hasan
    Dec 2, 2011 - 11:31AM

    Perhaps we are even more corrupt than this report suggests!
    When the statistics were released last year we were told that military spending in Pakistan is not included in the Pakistani statistics.


  • Hammad Shah
    Dec 2, 2011 - 11:58AM

    Malik don’t expect overnight changes brother or move to your fairyland


  • Surya
    Dec 2, 2011 - 2:02PM

    “Pakistani Kashmir join the military with the hope of freeing Kashmir”?? There you go..I thought your pakistan likes to call it as AJK with own PM etc.? How come ot became a Pakistani kashmir…Precisely that was the reason why UN resolution was dead in birth..It calls for Pakistan to withdraw its forces before even any plebscite can happen..


  • Ashamed
    Dec 2, 2011 - 2:59PM

    Kashmir status will not change in a million years. UN resolutions also ask for the withdrawal of Pakistani troops from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). As for freeing people why don’t’ you make a start with Balochistan.


  • Nirmit
    Dec 2, 2011 - 5:05PM

    @Malik: this is indeed positive; one can get 168 also!!! 134 is a good number, especially if we look at the hard earnings of Pakistan (foreign aids, civilian government etc.); it is really positive.


  • Dec 3, 2011 - 2:24PM

    That ranking may sound cool for a second…but from a pessimistic point of view…we are the 43rd most corrupt country on the planet


  • Raza
    Dec 3, 2011 - 4:55PM

    Transparency International should abstain from ranking Pakistan I fear once they (Pakistani government) will corrupt Transparency International to rank it (Pakistan) the least corrupt country.


  • EX
    Dec 3, 2011 - 8:47PM

    Read it and weep Indians.Recommend

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