ISLAMABAD: (Parliament Times) Corruption is curse. NAB is geared up to come up to the expectations of the nation to eradicate corruption from the country. This was stated by Honorable Justice Mr. Javed Iqbal. He said that NAB has perfected its procedures and its officers/officials are working with the realization that eradication of corruption is their national duty. NAB role model for entire SAARC countries due to constant decrease of Pakistan’s corruption perception Index (CPI) from 175 to 116.
He said that Pakistan and China have inked Memorandum of understanding MoU for eradication of corruption. Pakistan and China are jointly working for ensuring transparency in China Pakistan economic coordination in CPEC project. Pakistan is planning to have MOU with Malaysia after approval to establish state of the art training academy on modern lines to train its investigation officers in order to inquire/investigate white collar and complicated/complex cases more professionally and on scientific basis. He said that NAB is determined to eradicate corruption by using all its resources. NAB’s proactive Anti-Corruption Strategy has started yielding positive dividends as we have not only opened NAB’s doors for public across the board but time lines have been fixed for processing of any complaint of corruption from complaint verification to filling of reference in the respective Accountability Court in 10 months. The policy is being implemented very strictly to recover looted money from corrupt and deposit it in national exchequer. Due to this reason, NAB has recovered Rs. 288 billion and deposited in national which is record achievement of any Anti Corruption Organization working in Pakistan. NAB’s conviction ratio is about 76 percent. We have also adopted a policy to arrest Proclaimed Offenders and Absconders to bring them to justice. With three months, we have apprehended 15 Proclaimed offenders from the country. He said due to NAB’s proactive anti corruption Strategy, eradication of corruption has become voice of the whole nation as corruption free Pakistan can lead us towards a prosper and develop country.
He said that NAB has ordered for filing early hearing of 1138 under trial references in respective Accountability Courts, so that approximately Rs 900 billion could be recovered from corrupt and deposit in national exchequer and culprits could be punished as per law.
He said that NAB has ordered inquiry in Multan Metro Project, reported corruption in 56 public limited companies in Punjab, inquiry to fix responsibility in Pakistan Steel Mills destruction and putting names of all accused in ECL, Inquiry in alleged illegal allotment of Industrial and Commercial plots by Gwadar Industrial and Estate Development Authority, Complaint Verification against NTS, illegal Housing Societies in Rawalpindi and Islamabad besides other cities and Inquiry against alleged corruption in Pakistan Sports Board, Pakistan Cricket Control Board and Pakistan Hockey Federation. All such decisions have been taken in a period of only three months which proved that NAB is seriously working to eradicate corruption across the country.
The Chairman NAB has started evaluation of NAB officers/officials to judge their annual and midterm performance. Under evaluation system, the performance of NAB Headquarters and all regional bureaus of NAB are in the process which will be completed in March 2018. On the basis of annual evaluation, officers/officials of NAB Headquarter and all Regional Bureaus of NAB will be informed about their strengths and weaknesses. They are also being directed to overcome their shortcomings which have helped in improving their performance and check and balance system. He said that NAB has also introduced computer based effective monitoring and evaluation system. Under this system complaint number is being affixed at each complaint which helps maintaining the record and proper monitoring and evaluation of performance.
He said that effective efforts for enhancing of awareness and prevention campaign in order to aware people about the ill effects of corruption are being taken throughout the country against the menace of corruption. He directed to multiply efforts for arrest of absconder and Proclaimed Offenders. Joint efforts could ensure eradication of corruption as the whole nation is on board against corruption.