ISLAMABAD, APR 5 (DNA) – Justice (RETD) Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB chaired a meeting to review overall performance of NAB at NAB Headquarters. During the meeting, it was informed that Operation and Prosecution Divisions of NAB are working closely in order to have operational and legal assistance to all Regional Bureaus of NAB in conduct of complaint verifications, inquires, investigations as per law and pleading cases of NAB in learned Courts. 

The Chairman NAB said that NAB has chalked out a very comprehensive Anti Corruption three pronged Strategy comprising Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement for eradication of corruption.

NAB’s faith is corruption free Pakistan by adopting Accountability for all” policy on the basis of evidence as per law. He said that NAB has introduced a “Combined Investigation Team” (CIT) system consisting of two investigation officers and a legal consultant, financial expert for a fair and transparent inquiry/ investigation.

This system is not only lending quality. He said that the overall conviction ratio in respected accountability courts is about 68.8 %.  He said that the performance of all Regional Bureau’s of NAB would be conducted on midterm and annual basis at a given criteria under Quantified Grading System in order to review and further improve the performance of officers/officials of NAB as with better quantitative and qualitative improvements in Operational Efficiency Index, rationalized workload, clearly drawn job descriptions and institutional support and supervision.

He said that Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES) has been developed for catering the needs of all concerned having salient features of maintenance of data at each stage including  complaint entry, complaint verification, inquiry, investigation, prosecution stage and record preservation of Regional Board Meetings and Executive Board Meetings including case brief was discussed and decided that Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System will be implemented forthwith with the ability to analyze data in qualitative and quantitative form having warnings and alarms system for violators.

The Chairman NAB appreciated the devoted efforts of NAB Headquarters and all regional bureaus and directed to double their efforts in eradication of corruption and to recover looted money from corrupt as NAB is determined to make Pakistan corruption free as per law. 

He said that NAB is an apex national anti corruption organization, as per report of Gillani and Gallup survey, 59 people have shown confidence upon NAB. Pakistan is considered as a role model for SAARC Countries in eradication of Corruption due to NAB’s efforts.

World Economic Forum, Transparency International Pakistan, Global Peace Organization, Canda, PILDAT and Mishal Pakistan have appreciated NAB’s efforts against corruption. Pakistan is the first Chairman of SAARC Anti Corruption Forum which is a great achievement for Pakistan due to NAB efforts. He said that NAB is the focal organization of Pakistan under United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) which is pride for Pakistan due to NAB efforts. NAB is the only Organization in the world to which China has signed an MOU to oversee CEPC projects in Pakistan.

NAB has established its own forensic science Laboratory in NAB Rawalpindi which is helping in improving the quality of investigations on a scientific basis. NAB has recovered Rs. 487 billion from 2018 to 2020 during the tenure of present management of NAB.

There are 1230 references under adjudication in learned Accountability Courts throughout the country and their approximately worth is of Rs. 47 billion.

NAB had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Higher Education Commission under its Awareness and Prevention Strategy in order to aware students about the ill effects of corruption at an early age. More than 50 thousands character building societies have been established in Universities/Colleges in collaboration with HEC besides establishing prevention committees in order to identify and to plug loopholes in government departments.

The Chairman NAB has directed all regional bureaus of NAB to use all available resources to nab corrupt elements and arrest of proclaimed offenders and absconders as per law so that they could be brought to justice and to recover looted money and deposit in national exchequer considering this as national duty.=DNA