CPI report ‘proof of Imran Khan’s incompetence’: Saeed Ghani

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani, while referring to Pakistan’s downgraded position in the annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2019 released by the Transparency International, criticised the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for failing to fulfill its commitments.

“PTI’s claims and slogans have proven to be false […] the international body has put a stamp on Imran Khan’s incompetence and ineptness,” he said, adding that the country’s rank has dropped after a period of 10 years.

“The report is a proof that this year corruption increased in Pakistan […] inflation and unemployment has unleashed miserable consequences for the public.”

The PPP leader further claimed that the report was prove that the country reversed in all sectors, and also pointed to the state’s lowered position in a report concerning the rule of law.

“In a year, Pakistan has also lagged behind in democratic values […] In a year, attacks on the media and judiciary increased and Pakistan’s rank also lowered in violation of human rights,” he said.

According to Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) Chairman Sohail Muzaffar, on clarification sought against the lowering of Pakistan’s score by one point on CPI 2019, the Transparency International Secretariat explained that many countries have not performed well this year.

Mr Muzaffar said that the National Accountability Bureau under its present chairman has performed much better, and NAB was rejuvenated after it took various initiatives, including adopting the combined investigation team (CIT) system, in order to have collective wisdom in the conduct of inquiries or investigations on merit.

NAB has collected Rs153 billion from corrupt elements and filed 530 references and its overall conviction ratio in the accountability courts is about 70 per cent, the statement noted.