ISLAMABAD, Jan 1 (APP):Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Tuesday distributed cheques worth Rs 740.79 million among the affectees of Shaheen Foundation, Tele Tone Housing Society and Chargia Housing Society, Wah Cantt in a simple ceremony here at NAB headquarters.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, the chairman lauded the performance of NAB, Rawalpindi for recovering the amount from looters and returning to the affectees, saying NAB Rawalpindi always played prominent role in contributing towards the overall performance of NAB.
He said NAB Rawalpindi is very actively engaged in elimination of corruption and corrupt practices through a holistic approach of Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement by adopting Zero Tolerance Policy against the corrupt.
Reiterating his commitment of eradicating corruption as topmost priority of anti-graft watchdog, he said NAB officers were performing their duties with dedication and commitment.
He said corruption was the mother of all evils and a major hurdle in the development and prosperity of the country. NAB is absolutely committed to apprehend the corrupt elements under its ‘Accountability for All’ policy.
NAB has geared up to come up to the expectations of the nation to eradicate corruption at all costs. Due to NAB’s proactive anti corruption strategy and excellent performance for eradication of corruption , the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of Pakistan has continuously been decreased due to NAB’s efforts which was also appreciated by national and international reputable organizations including PILDAT, MISHAL, Gillani, Gallop Survey , Transparency International and World Economic Forum.
The Chairman said that NAB officers has worked with absolute professionalism, transparency, commitment, dedication and merit during last one year period which they are putting in with best of their abilities and due to this reason, today NAB has become a vibrant
“Our success as country’s biggest apex anti corruption agency inspires us to redouble our efforts in performing our national duty with more professionalism, dedication and commitment to eradicate the menace of corruption from our beloved motherland Pakistan in all
its forms and manifestations. Our overall conviction ratio is trial court is more than 70 percent and our performance remained excellent during the year 2018 as compared to other anti corruption organizations.”
He said NAB from its inception recovered Rs 297 billion from corrupt elements and deposited in the national exchequer which is a record as no other Anti corruption agency in Pakistan has recovered such a huge amount.
About 1,210 corruption references involving Rs 900 billion are under trial.
NAB is the first chairman of SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum, NAB is the only Organisation in the world to whom China has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to streamline cooperation in the field of anti-corruption and oversee projects being undertaken China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), NAB has established its first Forensic Science lab (FSL) in NAB Rawalpindi, Islamabad which has facilities of digital forensics, questioned documents and fingerprint analysis.NAB has rationalized its workload have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months – from complaint verification- to- inquiry- to-
investigation and finally to filing a reference in the Accountability Court. NAB has also introduced a new system of Combine Investigation Team (CIT) in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers, a system of CIT comprising of Director, Additional Directors, Investigation Officers and a Senior Legal Counsel has been put in place, This will not only lend quality
to the work but also ensure that no single individual can influence the proceedings, the results of CIT are very encouraging.
Speaking on the occasion Director General NAB Rawalpindi Irfan Naeem Mangi said that a separate Complaint Cell, established in Rawalpindi has received record 7,841 complaints during the year 2018 while 7,000 complaints were disposed off.
The complaints received were higher in last five years.
He said NAB Rawalpindi conducted various complaint verifications, inquiries, investigation and filed 50 corruption references in the various Accountability Courts during 2018, NAB Rawalpindi also recovered Rs 218 million from corrupt elements and dispersed among various government departments and affectess of various housing societies/cooperation societies, etc. NAB Rawalpindi
has apprehended highest ever 50 accused last year.