Qamar Zaman Chaudhry says that we at National Accountability Bureau are committed to perform our national duty for a corruption free Pakistan

Islamabad, July 11, 2016 (PPI-OT):Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said that we at NAB are committed to perform our national duty with absolute objectivity, thorough professionalism, unimpeachable integrity, and without any leanings for a corruption free Pakistan.

He said that corruption is not only a vice in its own right but it also triggers a chain reaction and leads to injustice, mistrust and suspicion. It generates a sense of insecurity which makes people go astray because they start losing faith in the ability and capability of the government and society to ensure their fundamental rights. This is a vicious circle of anxiety, insecurity, hopelessness and desperation. In corrupt societies, everyone “condemns” bribery, but everyone gives and takes bribes, because not only nothing is getting done without that, but also because nothing is being done about it.

He said that good governance ensures getting maximum benefits for the minimum cost in terms of efficiency, productivity and quality of life. But all efforts towards development and good governance are rendered meaningless if the malaise of corruption is not checked timely.

He said that NAB’s Awareness campaign aims to educate the masses regarding various dimensions of corruption including its causes, social and economic ramifications. Under this campaign, NAB is endeavouring at transforming the societal attitude from indifference to zero-tolerance for corruption, building an anti-corruption coalition, and putting various aspects and dimensions of the menace of corruption to the limelight by raising awareness. Stakeholders are made aware about the issue of corruption, by highlighting its causes and detrimental, if not destructive, impact on society.

Keeping this in view, NAB has taken a lead in establishing a path way for effectively combating corruption in the system. Under Awareness regime more than twenty thousand Character Building Societies (CBS) have been established in Universities and Colleges all over the country for sensitizing the future leaders of our country against corruption.

In order to implement the anti-corruption drive, NAB, under its awareness campaign is making significant efforts to reach out to the masses through the print and electronic media by holding various activities, which such as; Issuance of Postal Stamp of NAB; Printing of logo “Say No to Corruption” on Driving License in Islamabad, KPK Province and Baluchistan Provinces; Printing of logo “Say No to Corruption” on Electricity, Sui Gas, and Telephone Bills through concerned departments; Printing of logo “Say NO to Corruption” on Pakistan Railways Tickets; Flashing of anti-corruption message on different TV Channels through PEMRA; Flashing of “Say NO to Corruption” message on Cinema screens all over the country after National Anthem; Holding various Seminars and walks in Educational institutions for creating awareness amongst youth; Printing of message “Say NO to Corruption” on Daily Newspapers; Printing the NAB message “Say NO to Corruption” on tender advertisements published by procuring agencies in print media; Flashing the message “Say NO to Corruption” on ATMs screens of banks all over the country.

He said that in the Anti-Corruption efforts, Prevention regime is another important way forward to combat corruption and misuse of authority at an early stage before it happens. We have constituted Prevention Committees under the purview of section 33C of NAO, both at Federal level and Provincial levels in order to study the current laws and regulations and to suggest rules and regulations to curb the menace of corruption in government institutions.

Recommendations of Prevention Committees i.e. Hajj Affairs, Tax evasion, Revenue Administration and Public Health, Irrigation and Food Departments and sub-committees on Health have been finalized and sent across for implementation. He said that it is encouraging for NAB 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.

The Chairman NAB said that I take this opportunity to call upon every single member of society to make an effort by setting our personal, professional and official conduct above any type of influence and prejudice. He said that I call upon intelligentsia, the academia and media to sensitize the people about the ill effects of corruption in the society and let’s demonstrate zero tolerance towards corruption; let us say a firm, rather a thumping, ‘Say No’ to Corruption.

The Chairman NAB, Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has said that NAB is committed to eradicate corruption from the country across the board by adopting Zero Tolerance Policy against Corruption. He said that NAB’s Anti-corruption campaign is carried widely for awareness and prevention of corruption besides enforcement across the board during 2015 which proved very successful in sensitizing people at large about the ill effects of corruption.

Due to this reason, NAB has decided that NAB’s Awareness and Prevention campaign will continue in the year 2016. He said that 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. He said recent report of Transparency International rated Pakistan in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 126 to 117 which is a great achievement for Pakistan due to NAB’s efforts. Similarly, PILDAT report also supports the position stated above as 42% people trusted NAB against other related government departments.

He said that NAB had chalked out a comprehensive National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) for eradication of corruption and corrupt practices throughout the country. NAB works according to National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999, which empowers it to act against those who are involved in the corruption and corrupt practices.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has recovered approximately Rs. 276 billion since its inception and deposited in national exchequer which is also a record achievement. He said that 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.

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