Corruption is mother of all evils which undermines development and deprives people from their due rights: Chairman National Accountability Bureau

Islamabad, July 28, 2016 (PPI-OT):Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB has said that corruption is the mother of all evils which undermines development and also deprives people from their due rights. Considering these facts, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was established as Pakistan’s apex anti-corruption organization which is assigned with the responsibility of elimination of corruption through a holistic approach of awareness, prevention and enforcement. He said these remarks while chairing a meeting to review performance of Awareness and Prevention Division of NAB at NAB Headquarter.

He said NAB had chalked out a comprehensive National Anti-Corruption Strategy and adopted Zero Tolerance Policy to curb corruption and corrupt practices from the country. He said that NAB during the last 16 years has received about 309,000 complaints from individuals and private / public organizations. During this period NAB completed about 6,300 inquiries, out of which 56 percent of these inquiries matured into formal investigation and more than 80 percent investigations were taken into the stage of prosecution in the courts of law.

Out of 1,762 decided cases, we achieved conviction in 889 cases, which is a conviction rate of about 51 percent which speaks for itself. NAB’s prime focus is on cases of cheating public at large by fraudulent financial companies, bank frauds, willful bank loan defaults, misuse of authority and embezzlement of state funds by Government servants etc. Since NAB’s inception, one of NAB’s major achievements has been the recovery of around *Rs. 276 billion *of ill-gotten money which was deposited in the national exchequer which is a remarkable achievement of NAB.

He said that the figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2014 to 2015. The comparative figures for the latest two years are indicative of the hard work being put in by all ranks of NAB staff in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism, where fight against corruption is being taken as a national duty.

Increase in the number of complaints also reflects enhanced public trusted in the NAB. He said it is encouraging that for the first time Anti-Corruption has been made a part of development agenda in Pakistan in the context of Governance. The Planning Commission of Pakistan has included a chapter devoted to issues of corruption in the 11th five year plan and we intend to work closely with Planning Commission to achieve the goals set in the 11th five years plan.

He said that the PILDAT in its report supports the position stated above as 42% people trusted NAB against 30 % for police and 29 % for government officials. The recent report of Transparency International also rated Pakistan in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 126 to 117 which is a great achievement for Pakistan due to Chairman NAB’s efforts.

He said that to create Awareness against the ill effects of corruption among the youth of Pakistan, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Over 22, 000 Character Building Societies (CBSs) have been established with the help of NAB and HEC in the country in universities, colleges and schools during the last one year to create awareness against corruption as youths are considered a vanguard in this fight.

He said that NAB has devised a comprehensive Quantified Grading System in NAB in order to review and further improve the performance of Officers/Officials of NAB. Under this grading system, NAB Regional Bureaus are being evaluated at a given criteria on annual basis from 2014.

He said that NAB has developed an effective Monitoring and Evaluation System catering the needs of all concerned having salient features of maintenance of data at each stage including complaint entry, complaint verification, inquiry, investigation, prosecution stage and record preservation of Regional Board Meetings and ability to analyze data in qualitative and quantitative form having warnings and alarms system for violators.

NAB with improved infrastructure and rationalized workload, timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of case putting a maximum limit of 10 months- from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to investigation and finally to a reference in Accountability Court.

He said that NAB has initiated an Internal Accountability Mechanism (IAM) and the inefficient, unscrupulous and delinquent officers are being weeded out and proceeded against under relevant provisions of law. NAB had initiated disciplinary proceedings against 83 officers / officials during the last two and half years, out of which 60 cases have been finalized with 22 major penalties, 34 minor penalties and 4 exonerated. NAB has also set up a Special Integrity Management Cell in NAB Headquarters.

He said that NAB has established its first Forensic Science LAB (FSL) in NAB Rawalpindi/Islamabad Regional Bureau which has facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis. He said that NAB intends to establish NAB’s Anti-Corruption Academy at Islamabad for capacity building of NAB officers/Officials.

He said that NAB’s Anti-corruption campaign is carried widely for awareness and prevention of corruption besides Enforcement. NAB hopes that joint efforts of all stakeholders can collaborate to check corruption and corrupt practices before happening with the help of all stakeholders, civil society, media and people at large and bring sustainable systematic changes to the governance structure of our country.

He said that in order to aware people about the ill effects of corruption, NAB, under its awareness campaign is making significant efforts to reach out to the masses through print, electronic and social media by holding various activities under its country wide awareness and prevention campaign on “Say No to Corruption”.

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