NAB chairman claims effective anticorruption strategy yielding results.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal said that effective and proactive anti- corruption strategy of incumbent management had started yielding results.
NAB chairman claims effective anticorruption strategy
In a statemen, he said Transparency International (TI), Pakistan, World Economic Forum, PILDAT and Mishal Pakistan also acknowledged NAB’s strategy.
Similarly, the recent survey of Gilani and Gallop had indicated that 59 percent people of Pakistan had full faith upon NAB which was ample evidence of it’s across the board accountability.
NAB had geared up and rejuvenated to eradicate corruption within all its forms and manifestations, the chairman added.
The Bureau’s major focus is on corruption and corrupt practices including money laundering, cases of cheating the public at large, willful bank loan defaults, misuse of authority and embezzlement of state funds.
Since NAB’s inception, one of the Bureau’s major achievements has been the recovery of around Rs 466.069 billion which is a great achievement as per the annual report of 2019 of NAB.
New zeal and effort
He said “Starting from the year 2017 which can be called basically a year of reinvigoration of NAB, we have moved with new zeal and effort after through detailed introspection and overhaul of procedures and all pillars of the organization.
They include Operations, Prosecution, Human Resource Management, Training and Research and Awareness and Prevention have been reactivated.”
The chairman said that the overall complaints in 2019, they processed 42,760 out of some 53,643.
He said in in 2018, they processed 41,414 out of 48,591 comlaints. Increase in the number of complaints also reflected enhanced public trusted, he added.
He said the NAB had processed 1,308 complaint verification, 1,686 inquiries and 609 investigations and recovered Rs 141.542 billion from corrupt elements in 2019.
The chairman said that the Bureau had introduced a new concept of Combine Investigation Team (CIT) in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers, a system of CIT consisting of Director, Additional Director, Investigation Officer and a Senior Legal Counsel had been put in place.
Forensic Science Laboratory
Meanwhile, the NAB has established its state of the art Forensic Science Laboratory in Rawalpindi.
In 2019, 15,747 questioned documents and 300 thumb impressions were analyzed in 50 cases and forensic analysis was carried out on 74 digital devices (Laptops, Mobile phones, Hard Disks etc).
NAB is the focal Organization of United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) which is pride for Pakistan due to its efforts.
He said Pakistan was committed to United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in eradicating corruption through its three pronged Anti Corruption Strategy of Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement.