Chairman reviews performance of NAB of last 4 years

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ISLAMABAD, NOV 3 /DNA/ – Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB chaired a meeting to review overall performance of NAB especially convictions made for the last 4 years during the tenure of Honorable Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB from October 10, 2017 till Oct 10, 2021 under Section 10 of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO)-1999 and under Section 25 (b) of NAO-1999 at NAB Headquarters. Honorable Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB appreciated the excellent performance of all Regional Bureaus of NAB and directed all concerned to continue their efforts in vigorously pursuing NAB cases in learned Accountability Courts.

During the meeting, it was informed that 11x accused persons were convicted in 2021 till Oct 10, 2021 by learned Accountability Courts Rawalpindi/Islamabad on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Rawalpindi under section 10 of NAO-1999 through vigorous prosecution. Similarly in the year 2020, 13x accused persons, in the year 2019, 09x accused persons, while in the year 2018 and 21x accused persons were convicted by learned Accountability Courts under section 10 of NAO-1999. It was further informed that during 2021, 21x accused persons were convicted by different learned Accountability Courts Rawalpindi/Islamabad on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Rawalpindi under section 25(b) of NAO-1999. Similarly in the year 2020, 21x accused persons, in the year 2019, 25x accused persons while in the year 2018, 08x accused persons were convicted by different learned Accountability Courts under section 25(b) of NAO-1999.

During the meeting, it was informed that 7x accused persons were convicted in 2021 till September 2021, on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Lahore in learned Accountability Courts, Lahore under section 10 of NAO-1999. Similarly during the year 2020, 12x accused persons, in the year 2019, 03x accused persons, in the year 2018, 28x accused persons, while in the year 2017, 11x accused persons were convicted by learned Accountability Courts under section 10 of NAO-1999. During the meeting, it was further informed that 20x accused persons were convicted by learned Accountability Courts, Lahore during 2021 till September 2021 on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Lahore under Section 25(b) of NAO-1999. In the year 2020, NAB Lahore got 26x accused persons convicted, in the year 2019, 59x accused persons and similarly in the year 2018, 62x accused persons were convicted by different learned Accountability Courts under section 25(b) of NAO-1999.

During the meeting, DG Operations informed that during 2021 till Oct 10, 2021, 53x accused persons were convicted by different learned Accountability Courts of Karachi on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Karachi under section 10 of NAO-1999. In the year 2020, 24x accused persons, in the year 2019, 56x accused persons, similarly in the year 2018, 72x accused persons while from 10th October to 31 December 2017, 13x accused persons were convicted by different learned Accountability Courts under section 10 of NAO-1999. DG Operations further informed that during 2021 till September 2021, 17x accused persons were convicted by different learned Accountability Courts of Karachi on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Karachi under section 25(b) of NAO-1999. Similarly in the year 2020, 32x accused persons were convicted, in the year 2019, 78x accused persons, 40x accused persons in the year 2018, while 55x accused persons were convicted by different learned Accountability Courts under section 25(b) of NAO-1999 in the period from October, 2017.

During the meeting, it was informed that NAB Sukkur during the year 2021 till Oct 10, 2021, 12x accused persons have been convicted by learned Accountability Court, Sukkur on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Sukkur under section 10 of NAO-1999. Similarly during the year 2020, 04x accused persons, in the year 2019, 09x accused persons, in the year 2018, 16x accused persons, while in the year 2017, 32x accused persons were convicted by learned Accountability Court Sukkur under section 10 of NAO-1999. During the meeting, it was further informed that during 2021 till September 2021, 42x accused persons from learned Accountability Court, Sukkur on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Sukkur under Section 25(b) of NAO-1999. In the year 2020, 82x accused persons, in the year 2019, 112x accused persons, in the year 2018, 55x accused persons and similarly in the year 2017 from October 2017, 41x accused persons were convicted by learned Accountability Court Sukkur under section 25(b) of NAO-1999.

During the meeting, it was informed that during 2021 till Oct 10, 2021, 11x accused persons were convicted by learned Accountability Court, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under section 10 of NAO-1999. Similarly during the year 2020, 08x accused persons, in the year 2019, 25x accused persons, while in the year 2018, 07x accused persons were convicted by different learned Accountability Courts under section 10 of NAO-1999. DG Operations further informed that during 2021 till September 2021, 04x accused persons were convicted by different learned Accountability Courts Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under section 25(b) of NAO-1999, similarly in year 2020, 06x accused persons, in the year 2019, 04x accused persons, while in the year 2018, 09x accused persons were convicted by different learned Accountability Courts under section 25(b) of NAO-1999. 

During the meeting, it was informed that during 2021 till October 2021, 08x accused persons in by learned Accountability Courts, Balochistan on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Balochistan under section 10 of NAO-1999. Similarly in the year 2020, 03x accused persons, in the year 2019, 05x accused persons, while in the year 2018, 04x accused persons were convicted by learned Accountability Courts (Balochistan) under section 10 of NAO-1999. It was further informed at the meeting that 11x persons were convicted by learned Accountability Courts, Balochistan under section 25(b) of NAO-1999 during the period from October 2017 till September 2021.

During the meeting, it was further informed that during 2021 till October 2021, 04x accused persons have been convicted by learned Accountability Court, Multan on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Multan under section 10 of NAO-1999. Similarly during the year 2020, 12x accused persons, in the year 2019, 03x accused persons, in the year 2018, 07x accused persons, while in the year 2017, 03x accused persons were convicted by learned Accountability Court, Multan under section 10 of NAO-1999. During the meeting, it was further informed that during 2021 till September 2021, NAB Multan in the year 2020 got convicted 02x accused persons by learned Accountability Court, Multan on the basis of solid evidence through vigorous prosecution of NAB Multan under Section 25(b) of NAO-1999. Similarly in the year 2019, 01x accused persons, in the year 2018, 10x accused persons, while in the year 2017, 02x accused persons were convicted by learned Accountability Court Multan under section 25(b) of NAO-1999.

Honorable Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB has said that NAB is committed to bring corrupt elements especially big fish to justice on the basis of solid evidence as per law. He said that logical conclusion of mega corruption cases is the top most priority of NAB. NAB has constituted a Combined Investigation Team (CIT) to benefit from the collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers which is lending quality. He said NAB is the focal institution of Pakistan under the UN Convention against corruption and Chairman of SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum. He said NAB is considered a role model organization in SAARC countries. The Chairman NAB said that NAB for the last 4 years from Oct 10, 2017 to Oct 10, 2021 has recovered Rs 539 billion directly and indirectly from corrupt elements with conviction ratio of 66 % which is a record achievement as compared to other years which shows a commitment and dedication of NAB officers towards performance of their national responsibilities in eradication of corruption from the country. He said that NAB’s anti corruption strategy has proved very successful which has been lauded by reputed national and international organizations like Transparency International, Pakistan, World Economic Forum, PILDAT and Mishal Pakistan.