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Friday, June 4, 2010

Rehman Malik terms TI report on corruption as ‘vague and fictitious’

ISLAMABAD, June 04 : Casting doubts on the integrity of the Transparency International (TI), Interior Minister Rehman Malik Friday rejected its report as “vague and fictitious” saying it has not used desired and set international tools for the survey.

“The government stands for transparency in all fields of life and the report of the report of the Transparency International regarding increasing corruption in Pakistan is vague and fictitious,” the Minister said to points of orders raised by the Senators here on Friday.

Transparency International (TI), in its recent report on corruption perception in Pakistan , has said that corruption in the country has increased as compared to the last year. The report also noted that the menace has seen a decreasing trend in Punjab , while Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) has remained on top in financial corruption.

The report was however, immediately rejected by KPK information minister, saying “We reject the report.”

The Interior Minister said the TI cannot be trusted because desired and set international tools have not been used in the survey.

The minister vowed to conduct a survey itself and a report will be presented before the Parliament.

He said the government will also examine the integrity of the people at the helm of the affairs of the Ti as there are doubts that these people are working on a vested agenda to malign Pakistan.

Regarding Liyari operation the Minister said it is being carried out against criminal gangs which are involved in land grabbing, killings and other heinous crimes.

“No body involved in unlawful activities would be spared,” he said.

To another point of order regarding baton-charge against lady health workers in front of the Parliament House on Thursday, Malik said a committee has been constituted to probe into the matter.

He said the government does not deny anyone to protest but the “protesters should not cross certain lines as the government will not tolerate lawlessness at any cost.

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