Police, Judiciary among 3 most corrupt institutions of Pakistan: Transparency International

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Police, Judiciary among 3 most corrupt institutions of Pakistan: Transparency International

ISLAMABAD, Dec 10,2023: In a damning report released on Saturday, Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) unveiled the results of its National Corruption Perspective Survey 2023, shedding light on the deeply rooted corruption within the country’s key institutions.

The survey identified the police force as the most corrupt institution in Pakistan, followed closely by the procurement and contracting sector, and shockingly, the judiciary. The report also ranked the education and health sectors as the fourth and fifth most corrupt, respectively.

According to the findings of Transparency International, the average cost of bribery in the judiciary stands at a staggering 25,846 rupees. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa emerged as the region with the highest average bribe, reaching Rs 162,000, while Punjab reported the maximum bribe paid at Rs 21,186, primarily to the police. Balochistan stood out with the highest average bribe for health facilities, totaling Rs 160,000.

The survey revealed a concerning lack of trust in accountability institutions, such as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), and Anti-Corruption Establishment, with 68 percent of Pakistanis believing these agencies are exploited for political purposes.

Even more alarming is the widespread sentiment among citizens, with 60 percent calling for the abolition of accountability institutions due to their perceived failure in eradicating corruption.

At a national level, 75 percent of respondents expressed concern about the excessive power and influence of the private sector, attributing it to the pervasive corruption. Additionally, 36 percent of citizens deemed anti-corruption agencies as ‘ineffective,’ Transparency International report added

The survey highlighted a significant lack of merit in major corruption cases, with 40 percent at the national level. The provinces reported even higher percentages, with 42 percent in Sindh, 43 percent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 47 percent in Balochistan, suggesting that jobs are not based on merit.

To combat corruption, 55 percent of Pakistanis are calling for immediate measures, including the disclosure of public officials’ assets on government websites. Furthermore, 45 percent advocate for corruption cases to be handled expeditiously within 30 days by accountability courts.

A staggering 47 percent of respondents believe that corruption is the primary obstacle to Pakistan’s development, while 62 percent attribute environmental destruction and increased climate change effects to corruption and unethical practices. Furthermore, 67 percent feel that provincial and local governments disregard public input in crafting environmental policies.

TIP emphasized that the Corruption Perception Survey has been conducted eight times in the last 23 years, reflecting the evolving perceptions of Pakistanis. The survey, conducted from October 13 to October 31, 2023, with responses obtained from 400 people in each province, serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need to address corruption in the nation.