Rehman Malik criticises corruption survey

Malik claimed he would reveal the "real truth" behind organisations like TIP.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2011, 16:08 PM IST

Islamabad: Interior Minister Rehman Malik
has threatened to "expose" corruption watchdog Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) for allegedly working against the
interests of the country.

Malik claimed he would reveal the "real truth" behind
organisations like TIP while speaking during question hour in
the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament on Thursday.

He was responding to questions about TIP`s national
corruption perception survey that was released on Wednesday.

TIP said in the report that Pakistan`s education sector and
the military were the least corrupt while land administration
and police were the most corrupt.

"TIP is not a big gun; it is just a non-governmental
organisation which works for its own vested interests," Malik
said.

When a legislator drew his attention towards the TIP
survey report, Malik said unlike the developed world where all
departments were computerised, things were totally different
in Pakistan.

Malik said most of the work in the revenue department is
still done manually.

Therefore, there was no need to believe what TIP had said
in its report about corruption in various government
departments, he contended.

"Some people and organisations don`t want foreign
investment coming to the country and, therefore, on and off
they come up with such reports. When such organisations will
say Pakistan is a corrupt country who will come here for
investment?" he asked.

In an attempt to substantiate his argument and respond to
questions from lawmakers, Malik said: "If the house agrees, I
should be given time some day to explain the real story behind
the TIP."
Malik did not rule out corruption in the Federal
Investigation Agency (FIA) but said the government is making
every possible effort to curb it.

Over the past four years, the government terminated some
40 employees of FIA found guilty of serious dereliction of
duty, he said.

FIA had taken action against firms like Hanani and Kalia
that were involved in illegal transactions, and remittances
sent by overseas Pakistanis through legal means had reached
over USD 11 billion, Malik said.

Moreover, Pakistan was no longer on the watch list of
countries with significant cases of human smuggling, he said.

In reply to a question, Malik said there were "many
loopholes" in the existing law of evidence that were exploited
by terrorists to get themselves freed from courts.

"I strongly request this house to adopt necessary
amendments to make the law of evidence an effective tool in
the hands of law enforcement agencies," he said.

PTI