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Present regime more corrupt than Sharif Govt

india Updated: Sep 19, 2006 14:44 IST
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Pakistan's military dominated regime is more corrupt than the two earlier governments of Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, according to a survey by a corruption watchdog.

While 33 per cent of the respondents in the survey by Transparency International's Pakistan chapter found the military government headed by President Pervez Musharraf between 1999-2002 corrupt, the figure climbed to a whopping 67 per cent in the survey of the government formed by Musharraf after the 2002 elections.

The watchdog's 2006 report was based on a sample of 4000 urban and semi-urban citizens in all four provinces.

Only 10 per cent of those questioned said that the first term headed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif government between 1990-93 was corrupt, but 34 per cent thought his second term between 1996-99 was corrupt, the results of the survey published in the Daily Times on Tuesday said.

Similarly only eight per cent of the people thought that first term of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto government between 1988-90 was corrupt but 48 per cent said her second term in office between 1993-96 was corrupt.

Questioned about corruption in government departments, the respondents were of the opinion that in per capital terms, citizens had to pay higher bribes to customs, followed by the land department, judiciary, taxation, banking, power, education, health, police and railways.

Asked as to which were the most corrupt sectors in the country, 64 percent named police, followed by power, judiciary, land, taxation, custom, health, education, railway and banking.

The survey results were expected to provide a boost to the anti-Musharraf camapaign launched by both Sharif and Bhutto who were often referred by Musharraf as the leaders who looted the country.

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