Pakistan starts investigations into AI operations in country
After serving legal notice on Transparency International after publication of a report by the TI earlier this month, increasing by eight steps Pakistan’s position among the most corrupt nations,Islamabad has started investigations into operations of the Pakistan chapter of the international anti-corruption organization and has directed all its ministries and departments to sever contacts with the TI.
The interior ministry has asked all the ministries, divisions and departments to sever contacts with the Transparency International (TI), as the government has started investigating operations of the Pakistan chapter of the international anti-corruption organisation.
Sources have confirmed that in this connection, the interior ministry has appointed an IG level officer. The government is of the view that under the law of the land, no foreign agency can be allowed to undertake investigations in the country.
As such, the authorities are trying to comprehend as to who and when permission was accorded to the TI to undertake operations in Pakistan. It may be recalled that the government had come out with a strong reaction over the disclosure of a report by the TI on the 4th of the current month, increasing by eight steps Pakistan’s position among the most corrupt nations. The government had served a legal notice on it after the passage of a resolution in the Sindh Assembly after the publication of the report.
However, opposition circles have termed the action against the organisation contrary to the United Nations’ convention, saying the government was trying to avoid its responsibility with regard to review and action over international reports on corruption.
Official circles say that any organisation involved in damaging Pakistan’s reputation could not be allowed to function in the country and activities of the TI may be described as anti-Pakistan. Its one-sided reports had caused financial instability in the country and investors were drifting away.