NAB adopts zero-tolerance policy to root out corruption: Chairman

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 8 (APP): National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has said that the Bureau has adopted a zero-tolerance policy NAB to root out corruption from the country.
There was a dire need to continue fight against corruption as it was the second largest menace after terrorism, he said while talking to a news channel.The Bureau, he said, was working with absolute objectivity and professionalism to make Pakistan a corruption-free country.He said no weapons were needed to eliminate the menace. It could be eradicated through peace and love by educating the young generation to play their vital role, he added.

To a question, he said during the last two years, there was more focus on improving the performance of the Bureau. Basic reforms were introduced with revaming of the operational methodology.

A mechanism was devised to complete the entire process from receiving of complaints, verification, inquiry, investigation and prosecution within ten months and then the case was referred to a Accountability Court if solid evidences were gathered, he added.

The Chairman said civil society organizations like PILDAT and other anti-corruption departments were consulted to formulate new policies. To another question, he said a monitoring and evaluation process was introduced in September 2014 in collaboration with LUMS University professors and Punjab Technical Board.

Qamar Zaman said the NAB had established its own forensic science lab in Islamabad, which had facilities of digital forensics and finger-print analysis. The latest technology was introduced at the lab to cater to emerging needs for eliminating the menace of corruption.
He said the Bureau had started extensive awareness and prevention campaigns to spread the message about ill-effects of corruption.Under its proactive approach, it had been engaging different government and non-government organizations and civil society in the fight against corruption. The joint efforts of all stakeholders would help check corruption and corrupt practices, he hoped.He said the NAB, along with other world organisations, would mark the International Anti-Corruption Day on Dec 9 to create awareness among
the people against the menace. The Day is observed to highlight the negative impacts of corruption on the lives of millions of people around the world.