Pak minister dismisses 'fabricated, baseless' report depicting 'volume of corruption in country'
Pakistan's Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has dismissed a recently released report on the corruption in Pakistan, calling it 'fabricated and baseless'.
Kaira said that the Transparency International report was a 'pack of lies' that depicted volume of corruption more than country's annual budget, and negated its earlier acknowledgement of anti-corruption measures adopted by Pakistan.
According to the Express Tribune, he said the report had depicted daily corruption of Rs7 billion with its annual volume of Rs 25.20 trillion in the country, which was the strongest evidence to prove its irrationality and falseness.
Kaira observed that Transparency International had modified its method for calculating its perception index this year and that the current score was incomparable with that of previous year.
Likewise, the comparison between Pakistan's 33rd rank with 42nd of previous year was illogical, the paper said.
The paper quoted Kaira, as saying that no country maintained same score during previous years as out of total 176 countries, around two-third countries obtained a score below 50 manifesting that increase in corruption was a global phenomenon.
In this respect, Kaira pointed out that the rising trend of corruption in South Asian states was more worrisome, the paper said.