Prime Minister Gilanis remark during a session of Pakistan Development Forum in Islamabad on Monday that corruption did exist in the country owing to lack of good governance was a plain confession of the practice that he had previously denied. The international donors are already complaining about corruption scandals and the governments apathy to contain the scourge. It is no wonder the financial aid is trickling down at a snails pace. Already the uproar in the international community can be seen from the statement made by Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke who did not feel any hesitation in saying that the US was very much concerned about our financial misdemeanors. Of course, no foreign country should have the temerity to tell us how we should run the affairs of the state, yet it is our governments dreadful conduct that gave him the impudence to say that the US was monitoring corruption in Pakistan. This confession by PM Gilani is also a bit surprising because so far he has invariably remained in a state of denial and has been brushing aside corruption stories as part of a smear campaign intended to unseat the PPP-led government. And given the way he contradicted himself, he is admitting that earlier he had been wilfully concealing the truth. It was extremely frustrating when the Transparency Internationals report, showing how quickly we had gone up the corruption ladder, was sneered at. Rather than clean up its act, the government went as far as saying that it would sue the organization for making a falsified assessment. There should be little doubt that it is this careless bent of mind and rank indifference that is the real cause of corruption in the country. Precisely because of the same tendency the Prime Minister warned the public about unpopular decisions in store for them. While the government has completely failed to set things right at its end, it is the common man who is at the receiving end of its bad governance. It is a pity that all subsidies on petrol and electricity are being withdrawn despite the fact that the masses are no longer in a position to bear this burden in the form of jacked up prices. Worse still, the new tax wave is targeting the lower and middle-income groups who are already hard put eking out a living. The government ought to seriously assess its performance, which is a far cry from the promises made before it took office. Instead of raising a hue and cry that it gets no credit, it must cleanse the Augean stables of corruption and widespread inefficiency.