NAB distributes cheques worth Rs 1.67 bln among Pak-Arab Housing victims

NAB distributes cheques worth Rs 1.67 bln among Pak-Arab Housing victims
LAHORE, Feb 27 (APP):National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore, in a ceremony held on Tuesday, distributed cheques worth Rs 1.67 billion to the affectees of the Pak Arab Housing scandal.
NAB Deputy Chairman Sohail Nasir graced the ceremony as Chief Guest. Other prominent guests include Commissioner Lahore Muhammad Ali Randhawa, DG anti corruption Sohail Zafar Chatha, Director FIA Sarfraz Virk, Joint Dir Intelligence Bureau Moeen Habib Kahn Lodhi, Secy Mines and Minerals Babar Aman Babarand VC University Of Poonch Dr. Zikriya Zakir, officers of NAB Lahore and affectees of Pak-Arab Scam. The ceremony was arranged by Director General NAB Lahore Amjad Majeed Aulakh.
Addressing the ceremony, Sohail Nasir, Deputy Chairman NAB, highlighted that the Bureau’s primary objective is to serve the Nation and the Country, as well. He emphasized that common people are beneficiaries of NAB policies, enabling them to recover their plundered money. He added that people think doing justice merely responsibility of courts which is not right, our social behaviors are the one which promote injustice in society. He affirmed that all cases relating cheating public matters are the priority of NAB, however, doesn’t believe in sending someone behind bars but to facilitate masses by making recoveries from corrupt elements. The deputy chairman ensured for maintaining self respect of every respondent of NAB. Disgracing any accused will not be tolerated any more, in NAB, he added.
He informed by quoting Chairman NAB Lt. Gen (R) Nazir Ahmed by declaring NAB won’t take any kind of action on any anonymous and identity-less complaint received in NAB.
Sohail Nasir announced that in cases of complaints against bureaucrats, NAB would refrain from directly summoning them to its Bureau. Instead, an independent complaint cell has been established under the supervision of the Chief Secretary at the Civil Secretariat to address such concerns in a fair and impartial manner. He pointed out that to provide a business friendly atmosphere to business community would be the prime objective of the Bureau. For the purpose, Chairman NAB has, himself, visited numerous Commerce Chambers to ensure NAB support and cooperation in any aspect, in future.
NAB Lahore DG Amjad Majeed Aulakh informed the participants that the NAB Lahore had arranged two similar events before to return the looted money of the people during last six months and around Rs 7.5 billion have been distributed among affectees of various scams.  He said that NAB Lahore has recovered more than Rs35.6 billion, since inception to date. He stated that NAB Lahore had materialised the biggest ever Plea Bargain in Eden Scam worth Rs16 billion from which Rs7 billion has been disbursed among Eden Affectees.
The NAB is putting efforts to ensure the compensation of hard earned money of the affectees, adding that NAB has always urged the people to thoroughly check the documents and also get them verified before buying a house or a piece of land. He said people should refrain from investing their money in fake housing schemes. It has been observed that some housing societies’ owners are be-fooling people by showing them fake maps and piece of land. The DG NAB said the success stories of NAB are usually over-sighted by society, however, NAB would stick to its mandate.
Before concluding the ceremony, the deputy chairman NAB handed over Rs1.67 billion cheques among affectees of Pak-Arab scam.
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