Eradication of corruption our national duty, NAB chief tells officers

ISLAMABAD, OCT 04: Justice (R) Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB addressing NAB officers at NAB Headquarters.=DNA PHOTO

ISLAMABAD, OCT 04 (DNA) – Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB while addressing NAB officers at NAB Headquarters has said that eradication of corruption is not only our national duty but is top most priority of NAB.NAB has devised proactive National Anti-Corruption Strategy to root out corruption from the country with iron hands.

He said that NAB has geared up to nab corrupt, proclaimed offenders and absconders. NAB officers to redouble their efforts to eradicate corruption by adopting “Accountability for All” Policy across the board.

He said that NAB’s main focus is on mega corruption cases, cases of cheating public, housing societies/cooperative societies, fraudulent financial companies, bank frauds, willful bank loan defaults, misuse of authority, money laundering and embezzlement of state funds etc.

Since NAB’s inception, one of NAB’s major achievements has been the recovery of around Rs. 297/- billion of ill-gotten money which was deposited in the national exchequer which is a remarkable achievement of NAB. NAB’s operational methodology comprises of complaint verification, inquiry and investigation.

He said that NAB has established its first state of the Art Forensic Science LAB (FSL) in NAB Rawalpindi which has facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis.

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 has also introduced Combine Investigation Team (CIT) system in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers.

This is not only lending quality to the work but also ensuring that no single individual can influence the official proceedings of NAB.

He said that NAB on bilateral cooperation, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China to streamline and structure and cooperation in the fields of anti-corruption.

In the context of CPEC this cooperation will further boost confidence in projects undertaken in Pakistan. 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.  Special focus is therefore being given to Awareness and Prevention activities besides Enforcement to educate the people at large about ill effects of corruption.=DNA