KARACHI: The opposition leaders on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) government as Pakistan left 16 more countries behind in corruption index of the Transparency International (TI).
According to the TI, corruption has further boosted in Pakistan forcing the country to drop to 140 ranking in its corruption index.
Reacting on the news, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) President and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif said for the second time in a row, the Transparency International had testified that “the Imran Niazi government” was corrupt and a thief.
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“The international body report is an indictment. So, the corrupt rulers must resign. The country cannot afford their looting anymore. In Imran Niazi’s tenure, Pakistan is making rapid progress in corruption and the world is saying that the prime minister is a thief,” he said.
Shehbaz Sharif said it was unfortunate that Pakistan had slipped 16 places further in the TI’s Global Corruption Perceptions Index.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s honest and capable leadership had reduced corruption in Pakistan, he said. He said PML-N’s good governance, transparency and legal reforms had improved Pakistan’s ranking by 23 places. It was unfortunate that the ruling government had wasted all the efforts, he maintained.
The PML-N leader said during his party’s government, Pakistan’s ranking had improved to 117, which had increased Pakistan’s prestige in the world. He said since 2019, corruption has mounted every year in the PTI’s government. Never it had happened that Pakistan’s ranking dropped by 14 places, he said.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Vice-President Sherry Rehman said Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index was a charge sheet against the government. “In 2020, Pakistan was ranked 124th in the Corruption Perceptions Index worldwide. Within a year, Pakistan has been ranked 140th,” she tweeted.
The government, claiming to end corruption, had left 16 countries behind in corruption, Sherry Rehman said. On the other hand, the resignation of the accountability advisor was a proof that corruption had not decreased, it had increased, she said.
“Accountability is only for targeting the opponents. International institutions are now uncovering the corruption of this government,” she said.
کرپشن ختم کرنے کی دعویدار حکومت نے 16 ممالک کو کرپشن میں پیچھے چھوڑ دیا ہے۔ دوسری طرف مشیر احتساب کا استعفی اس بات کا ثبوت ہے کہ کرپشن کم نہیں، بڑھی ہے۔ احتساب صرف مخالفین کو نشانا بنانے کے لئے ہے۔ اس حکومت کی کرپشن سے اب عالمی ادارے پردہ اٹھا رہے ہیں۔ 2/2
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) January 25, 2022
PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said according to the TI report Imran Khan’s government was the most corrupt government of Pakistan.
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“Imran Sahib did not give a penny’s development to the country, neither did he give a new plan. In fact, he set new records of looting,” she said.
عمران خان کو ٹرانسپرنسی انٹرنیشنل کی رپورٹ پر قوم سے خطاب کریں عمران صاحب قوم کو بتائیں کہ آٹا، چینی، بجلی، گیس، دوائی کی چوری کی وجہ سے پاکستان آج کرپشن بڑھ چکی ہےآپ کی کرپشن، لوٹ مار کے نتیجے میں آٹا چینی بجلی گیس دوائی سمیت کوئی چیز عوام خریدنے کے قابل نہیں رہی
— Marriyum Aurangzeb (@Marriyum_A) January 25, 2022
عمران صاحب نے ملک کو دھیلے کی ترقی نہیں دی، ایک نیا منصوبہ نہیں دیا الٹا لوٹ مار کے نئے ریکارڈ قائم کر دئیے۔کرپشن کے اس عذاب نے آج قوم سے کھانے پینے کی اشیاء بھی چھین لیں، قوم کو روٹی کا محتاج کر دیا
— Marriyum Aurangzeb (@Marriyum_A) January 25, 2022
She also demanded from Imran Khan to address the nation on the report of Transparency International and tell the nation that corruption had increased because of stealing of flour, sugar, electricity and medicines. “The people could not afford to buy anything, including medicines,” she said.
PPP leader Shazia Marri said after increase in loadshedding, gas shortage, inflation, unemployment, prices of petrol and diesel and poverty, corruption had also increased in Pakistan.
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