Transparency International Pakistan has been in national news for its bold projection of public perception of corruption in Pakistan. It has been accused by the democratic government of creating chaos and unrest in the country. The government had even ordered investigations into its in-country operations. TI-Pakistan is a National Chapter of Transparency International, a civil society organization. According to its mission, it is dedicated to curbing both international and national corruption. Its primary objective is to counter corruption in business dealings and to curb corruption on a national level. It seems that taking advantage of the weak and corrupt government, the organization in Pakistan is in total blackmailing mould and has started encroaching upon the jurisdiction of executive agencies of the government and is prima facie involved in corrupt practices.

This should not come as a surprise to anyone. It is Pakistan. If Hajj operations can be corrupted, as a rule there should not be any institution escaping corruption, not even TI.

The Express Tribune has reported that the detained chairman of NICL has revealed that the top guns of Transparency International (TI), Pakistan, had offered to help him clear his name in corruption cases presently with the Supreme Court, if he signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to award all lucrative contracts on their recommendation in the future. An absconding NICL board member, Qasim Amin Dada, wanted by the FIA in this same Rs4 billion land scam, tried to convince his colleagues to strike a deal with TI representatives. TI volunteered to present a fact-finding report to the SC establishing the innocence of NICL officials. In return NICL would award contracts solely to private parties cleared by TI and advertise tenders in newspapers after referring to the agency for advice.

The Tribune report does not contain TI-Pakistan version.

NICL is also facing charges of misappropriating millions of rupees paid to a private party for office renovation. Payment to the contractor has been made in full but the job is still continuing. The allegation against TI is considered to be very serious, NICL detained chairman has given details of TI officials’ involvement in the alleged blackmail in his 30-page written statement to the FIA officials. He said he and his colleagues refused TI’s unconventional offer.

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