Misuse of power for own betterment and favour is basically what corruption is. Corruption is an underlining cause for many social issues such as economic instability, unequal distribution of resources; conflict in society, etc.
Corruption is defined by Transparency International as: “The abuse of entrusted power for private gain which eventually hurts everyone who depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority”
In a report published by Transparency International in 2019, Pakistan scored 32 points out of 100 (0 being highly corrupt and 100 being the fairest). The highest Pakistan has ever scored in this list is 33 out of 100, which is a clear indication of how deep-rooted corruption is in Pakistan. Pakistan ranked 120 out of 180 countries on the CPI in 2019.
Corruption has always been one of the biggest problems faced by Pakistan. It has been a dire obstacle in Pakistan’s growth as a country. Corruption in Pakistan is not only present at the governmental level but it has been a part of our grass-root level since the beginning as well. Bribing is a form of corruption and almost every industry, business, and even an individual have at least once faced it or been a part of it
Corruption in Pakistan starts from a vegetable vendor putting extra weights to get more money and give fewer vegetables in return, to a government minister taking advantage of his position to secure more assets and bank balance.
Corruption at the governmental level has been there for as long as this country came into existence. For a couple of decades now, Pakistan has been in the most terrible state of corruption. Politicians of this country have taken advantage of their positions without caring about their responsibilities towards this country.
Corruption is present in every sector of this country.
Corruption has ruined Pakistan and is bringing about an increase in poverty, joblessness, hunger, and has destroyed the image of the nation by causing severe displeasure to its countrymen. Corruption has been profoundly present in all levels either private or government and anti-corruption organizations have neglected to address this or even lessen this issue until most recently when the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled that former prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif will no longer be able to hold public office because of his name being in the leaked 2016 Panama papers, according to which Nawaz Sharif and his family have properties in the UK and around the world worth millions of dollars and offshore companies which they did not show as their assets.
The recent government of Pakistan has taken different steps to get a hold of corruption and to bring back the black money which was taken away from Pakistan. Recovering national wealth and punishing the perpetrators is one of the main objectives of the PTI government. However, according to transparency international, corruption in Pakistan is all-time high because of its ranking in CPI but according to thesis help articles TIP (Transparency International Pakistan) chief said the National accountability bureau worked better under its new chairman after they took various actions which include opting for combined investigation tactics. National Accountability bureau recovered 153 billion rupees in corrupt practices.
Pakistan has a long way to go against corruption, it’s not easy to overcome something that has been around since forever that too in a couple of years but it is indeed possible to overcome it if we take one step at a time. The issue of corruption is not that our politicians are corrupt but it is a problem because every other normal person in this country is also in a way corrupt. Before pointing out to the governments, we should analyze ourselves. Greater issues like corruption are solved mutually. Helping the government overcome it should be our aim rather than pointing fingers at them.