Pakistan has been ranked 140 among 180 countries of the world, losing 16 spots over the last year, on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2021 by Transparency International.
As per the details, Pakistan’s score dropped by three points to 28 on the global corruption index. Last year, the country’s score was 31. “It shows that corruption has increased in Pakistan as compared to the last year,” said the anti-graft watchdog in its report.
Transparency International said that the CPI shows that corruption levels remain at a standstill worldwide, with 86 percent of countries making little to no progress in the last 10 years.
The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption on a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
The CPI global average remains unchanged at 43 for the tenth year in a row, and two-thirds of countries score below 50.
The top countries on the index are Denmark (88), Finland (88) and New Zealand (88), all of which also rank in the top 10 percent in the world on the Democracy Index civil liberties score.
However, Somalia (13), Syria (13) and South Sudan (11) remain at the bottom of the CPI. Syria is also ranked last in civil liberties.
Of the 23 countries whose CPI score significantly declined since 2012, 19 also declined on the civil liberties score.
Moreover, out of the 331 recorded cases of murdered human rights defenders in 2020, 98 percent occurred in countries with a CPI score below 45, read the statement.