Bribery, corruption mother of all evils: Chairman National Accountability Bureau

Islamabad, July 12, 2016 (PPI-OT):The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry while chairing a meeting to review performance of NAB at NAB Headquarter has said that the father of the nation Quaid-e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan had termed “One of the biggest curses… is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison. We must put it down with an iron hand”.

The NAB Chairman said that National Accountability Bureau was established to eradicate corruption and recover looted money from corrupt and deposit them in the national exchequer. He said NAB is essentially a complaint driven organization. NAB’s operational methodology has set three stages for proceeding of cases complaint verification, inquiry and investigation. NAB’s Officers/officials need to follow a strict Code of Conduct and zero tolerance policy against eradication of corruption.

He said that starting with the year 2014 which can be called basically a year of re-invigoration of NAB, we have moved with new zeal and effort. Through detailed introspection and analysis of organizational weaknesses, overhaul of procedures and business processes, all pillars of the organization i.e. Operations, Prosecution, Human Resource Development and Awareness and Prevention have been reactivated. Organogram was revisited to transform NAB into an efficient and credible organization.

The NAB Chairman said that to close the possibility of any single NAB officer/official influencing the discharge of official business, the concept of a “Combined Investigation Team” (CIT) was introduced where two investigation officers and a legal consultant are working as a team for a fair, transparent and unbiased, inquiry/ investigation.

He said that NAB has recovered Rs. 276 billion since its inception which have been deposited in the national exchequer which a record achievement. He said that Transparency International and PILDAT have appreciated NAB’s performance.

He said that an effective accountability mechanism is quintessential for economic growth, investment and stability of social order. The intervention by NAB has acted as a catalyst, as transparency is a prerequisite for promoting investment and economic growth. Since its inception, NAB had adopted the Enforcement based approach in its fight against corruption. Special focus is therefore being given to Awareness and Prevention activities besides Enforcement to educate the people at large about ill effects of corruption.

The NAB Chairman said that youth is the future of Pakistan; therefore NAB has laid special emphases on youth. More than 20 thousands Character Building Societies (CBS) have been set up in Universities and Colleges across the country to build an effective edifice against corruption. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry Chairman NAB said that fighting corruption is very challenging task. Serious efforts to combat corruption have been started with this realization that it is our collective social responsibility; that it would result in common good.

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