A total of 69 per cent of the 176 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 scored below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean), exposing how massive and pervasive public sector corruption is around the world.
He emphasised upon NAB officers to double their efforts for eradication of corruption by adopting zero-tolerance policy across the board.
Mr. Obeyesekere added that "it is often forgotten that the 19th Amendment gave CIABOC (the Bribery Commission) the power to institute prosecutions" therefore beyond the government the public must hold the Independent Commission to account. This year more countries lapsed in the index than improved, showing the need for urgent action. Besides TI, independent national and global watchdogs like Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) and World Economic Forum (WEF) have also appreciated Pakistan's efforts to curb corruption. Belarus, Brazil, & China shared the same ranks as India.
Denmark and New Zealand performed best with scores of 90, closely followed by Finland (89) and Sweden (88). India is followed by Sri Lanka and the Maldives which are jointly ranked 95th. Countries at the bottom of the index are characterised by widespread impunity for corruption, poor governance and weak institutions.