Elimination of corruption NAB’s top most priority: Chairman NAB

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Islamabad: (Parliament Times) Honourable Justice Mr. Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB has said that Corruption was mother of all evils. “NAB is committed to root out corruption with iron hands as NAB has geared up to eradicate corruption which is NAB’s top most priority corruption”, he said adding that due to NAB’s proactive Anti-Corruption Strategy, NAB’s conviction ratio was about 76 percent, which was a remarkable achievement in investigation of White Collar Crimes.

He said that the hard work, commitment, transparency and merit being put in by NAB officers are being appreciated by national and international reputed organizations. NAB officers should double their efforts in nabbing corruption and recovered hard earned looted money of the innocent citizen of Pakistan. He said that due to excellent conviction ratio, people of Pakistan have complete trust upon NAB and we must come up to the expectations of the nation in order to root out corruption by adopting Zero Tolerance and Accountability for all with the help of other stakeholders like media and civil society etc.

He said that today NAB has moved with new zeal and effort. Through detailed introspection and analysis of organizational, operational and prosecution weaknesses, overhaul of procedures and all pillars of the organization i.e. Operations, Prosecution, Human Resource Development and Awareness and Prevention have been reactivated. He said that NAB has rationalized its workload and timelines 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 a reference in the Accountability Court. He said that NAB is the only organization which has prescribed time frame for disposal of cases in 10 months. He said that the quality of inquiry and investigation of NAB has been improved due to establishment of NAB’s first Forensic Science Lab (FSL) in Islamabad which has all facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis. He said that NAB has devised a web based Monitoring & Evaluation System (MES) in order to monitor NAB performance of NAB and all Regional Bureaus in qualitative and quantitative term which has proved very successful.

He said that we have engaged youth in order to aware youth about the ill effects of corruption at an early stage and signed MOU with HEC. Due to establishment of over 55, 000 Character Building Societies in universities/colleges and schools, today our youth is now more aware about the ill effects of corruption which is major hurdle in the progress and prosperity of Pakistan. He said that NAB is Chairman of SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum. This was a reorganization of NAB’s excellent work. NAB is the only Organization with whom China has signed a MoU to oversee projects being undertaken under CEPC. He said that NAB hopes that joint efforts of all stakeholders can collaborate to check corruption before happening with the help of all stakeholders.

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