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TIP 2012 report on corruption may hit Pakistan like a bomb
The Transparency International is all set to launch its Global Report 2012 on corruption on Wednesday in Berlin amid indications that it has extremely depressing news for Pakistan, which is said to have made record jumps in corruption, loot and plunder of the national wealth. A diplomatic source confided to The News that the Transparency, the international watchdog on corruption, report shows that the Pakistan today is far more corrupt than several last years. The source though did not share how many ranks Pakistan had fallen in corruption amongst the world nations, he did hint that the fall was huge as the number of most corrupt countries Pakistan had surpassed were not a few but several. The Transparency International’s annual report on corruption is being launched a week after the Washington-based World Justice Project (WJP) 2012 Rule of Law index, released last Wednesday, found Pakistan the seventh most corrupt and the most insecure nation out of a total 97 countries assessed. The WJP 241-page report noted, “Pakistan shows weaknesses in most dimensions when compared to its regional and income-group peers. Low levels of government accountability are compounded by the prevalence of corruption, a weak justice system and a poor security situation, particularly related to terrorism and crime. The country scores more strongly on judicial independence and fairness in administrative proceedings.” According to the WJP report, Pakistan stood 90th out of 97 countries in the category of corruption; 97th (the last) in the category of order and security; 93rd in the field of human rights; 92nd in the areas of open government; 91st in the case of civil justice; 88th in the area of regulatory enforcement; 80th in the factor of criminal justice; and 69th out of 97 countries in the factor or limited government powers. And now the launch of...