Corruption root cause of all evils: Chairman NAB

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ISLAMABAD: (Parliament Times) Chairman NAB, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal on Monday chaired a meeting to review performance of all regional bureaus of NAB at NAB headquarters. He said that corruption is root cause of all the evils. NAB is determined to nab corrupt with absolute professionalism and transparently as per law. He directed all NAB officers to double their efforts to complete all mega corruption cases to their logical conclusion in performance of their national duty by strictly following the Zero Tolerance Policy across the board.
The Chairman NAB said that NAB has devised state of the art quantified grading system to review and evaluate the performance of all NAB Regional Bureaus about their strengths and weaknesses. This initiative has proved very successful in further enhancing the performance of NAB’s Regional Bureaus which has now become a regular part of NAB’s working.
He said NAB’s operational methodology has set three stages for proceeding of cases complaint verification, inquiry and investigation. He said the figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2017 to 2018. The comparative figures are indicative of the hard work being put in by all ranks of NAB staff in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism, where fight against corruption is being taken as a national duty. Increase in the number of complaints also reflects enhanced public trusted in the NAB. The PILDAT in its report supports the position stated above as 42% people trusted NAB against 30 % for police and 29 % for government officials. The recent report of Transparency International also rated Pakistan in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 126 to 116. He said Pakistan has role model for SAARC countries in eradication of corruption and made first Chairman of SAARC countries Anti-Corruption Forum which is a great achievement for Pakistan due to NAB’s efforts. The World Economic Forum and Mishal Pakistan according to Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum rated Pakistan from 102 to 99 which is great achievement for Pakistan.
He said that NAB has moved with new zeal and effort. Through detailed introspection and analysis of organizational 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 an effective accountability mechanism is quintessential for economic growth, investment and stability of social order. The intervention by NAB has acted as a catalyst, as transparency is a prerequisite for promoting investment and economic growth. Since its inception, NAB had adopted the Enforcement based approach in its fight against corruption. Beside Enforcement, special focus is therefore being given to Awareness and Prevention activities to educate the people at large about ill effects of corruption.
He said that youth is our asset and future of Pakistan. NAB has laid special emphases on youth. More than 50 thousands Character Building Societies (CBS) have been set up in Universities and Colleges. This initiative of NAB has proved very successful in order to aware students about the ill effects of corruption. More and more Universities/Colleges are joining hands with NAB in its country wide campaign against corruption.

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