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I didn't know the prime minister (Yousuf Raza Gilani) had a sense of humour. Practically the whole world knows how corrupt his government is, and here he is (with a perfectly straight face), that no one in his government is corrupt. This news will amaze the Asian Development Bank (which recently said that there had been something fishy in the rental power machinery purchases), as well as those who preferred to give their donations for flood victims to NGOs rather than government agencies. But then, perhaps what we and the rest of the world thinks to be corrupt is not so in the views of those who are in power. Consider, for example, the prime minister's wife's loan of Rs. 171 million (plus 20 years' interest amounting to more than Rs. 340 million) being written off, and then his wife doing shopping in the UK for the paltry amount of Rs. 20 million or so. You might call this corruption, but apparently the prime minister and people he has dinner with think there's nothing wrong in it. So we should assmume that Transparency International is being paid by the Hindu/Christian/Buddhist/Jewish lobby to malign our honest government leaders.

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