KARACHI Pakistan has ranked at 34th position in the list of the most corrupt countries. Pakistan had scored 2.4 in year 2009 and 2.5 in 2008, the Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) revealed this while issuing its annual report about corruption on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club, Syed Adil Gilani, Chairman TI Pakistan, said that Pakistan was at number 42 in 2009 but in the recent year it ranked at 34th position with 2.3 score among the corrupt countries. He said that Pakistans decline continued in Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and now its Index Score is 2.3 against 2.4 in 2009, and out of 178 countries, its ranking as most corrupt country has slipped 7 ranks, from 42 in 2009 to 34 as the most corrupt country in 2010. Gilani said that the 2010 CPI shows that nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index score below five, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (perceived to have low levels of corruption), indicating a serious corruption problem. He said that in the last two years there have been unprecedented cases of corruption involving tens of billions of rupees in public sector organisations, which under the Rule of Law, should have been taken up by the National Accountability Bureau. He said that the political will of the government to fight corruption is lacking which has prompted the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take suo moto action against mega corruption in NICL, Pakistan Steel Mills and Rental Power Projects. The CPI 2010 reveals that corruption in Pakistan is increasing, while in Bangladesh it is decreasing. Bangladesh was perceived to be the most corrupt country in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and its ranking in 2010 is 39 most corrupt country. Reduced corruption has paid dividends to Bangladesh whose annual GDP growth last year was over 5%, while Pakistans GDP growth last year was near 2.4%. Delay in formation of an Independent Accountability Commission by the Parliament may further aggravate the situation. The Chairman TI Pakistan said that the Supreme Court of Pakistan, which has a declared policy of Zero-Tolerance for Corruption on March 22, 2009, in its order of October 12, 2010 in NICL Case No.18 of 2010 involving six procurements is considered the violation of Public Procurement Rules 2004 as a criminal act. It is a landmark order, treating violation of Public Procurement Rules 2004 as a federal crime and it will help in reducing the corruption. He mentioned that the direct impact of increased corruption is witnessed in the shape of rise in the prices of food commodities, which according to the latest official data of Federal Bureau of Statistics, has increased up to 120 percent in the last one year viz. sugar from Rs 54 to Rs 80, pulses from Rs 50 to Rs 110, eggs from Rs 35 to Rs 60, and the foreign direct investment for the fiscal year 2009-2010 dropped to US $ 2.21 billion from US$ 3.71 billion in FY 2008-2009, and in July-Sept 2010 it is further dropped to US $ 387.4 million (68% of last year). The foreign debt on Pakistan increased from $40 Billion in 1999 to $46 billion in 2008, whereas in the last two years it has increased to $53.5 billion. Across the board application of rule of law, merit based appointments and easy access to justice are the only solution to save Pakistan from corruption, which is responsible for poverty, inflation, terrorism, illiteracy, lack of electricity and hording of essential food commodities. In the 2010 CPI, Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore tie for the first place with scores of 9.3. Unstable governments, often with a legacy of conflict, continue to dominate the bottom rungs of the CPI. Afghanistan and Myanmar share second to the last place with a score of 1.4, with Somalia coming in last with a score of 1.1.