Leader Development & Education for Sustained Peace Program: Cross-Cultural, Geopolitical & Regional Education

Human Interest: Pakistan’s Civil Society

A Glossary of Corruption in Pakistan

Pakistan is in political turmoil after the Supreme Court fired the prime minister. Yusuf Reza Gilani’s ouster came at the end of a long legal battle. For years he ignored the court’s directives that he write a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen a corruption investigation against his leader, President Asif Ali Zardari. The dismissal has made corruption one of the most talked-about subjects in Pakistan. In all likelihood it will be a major issue during the parliamentary elections later this year. The country was ranked 134th on Transparency International’s most recent “Corruption Perception Index.” Most Pakistani languages have adopted the word “corruption” from English but Pakistanis have come up with their own vocabulary to describe graft, with ingenious words and phrases to describe minor and major corruption. Here is a short glossary of corruption in Pakistan, provided by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. (Feature Source: RFE/RL)

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