Joint efforts can ensure corruption-free Pakistan: NAB chief

The Nation

ISLAMABAD – Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Jutice (retd) Javed Iqbal has said that the dream of achieving the goal of corruption-free Pakistan could be materialized by making joint efforts of eradicating corruption.
According to a press statement issued by NAB on Wednesday, the Chairman said that corruption is the mother of all ills being confronted to the country, which poses great hurdle in progress and prosperity of the country.
He said that NAB has no affiliation with any individual, political party or group and NAB officers are performing their national duties of eradicating the menace of corruption from society.
He said the anti-corruption step of NAB has started yielding positive results. Due to such efforts, the bureau has recovered Rs 714 billion from the corrupt elements and deposited in the national exchequer, which is a record recovery from any anti-corruption institution.
NAB has achieved the conviction ratio of 68.6 percent. It is utilizing all available resources to apprehend proclaimed offenders and punishing them from court of law.
He said a total of 1,130 corruption cases having an accumulated amount of Rs 943 billion are under trial in different accountability courts.
NAB has investigated 56 public limited companies, off-shore companies, fake accounts, money laundering and Modarba scams.
Plea bargain is considered as confession of the crime and plea bargain deal is struck only with the consent of relevant accountability court. In a plea bargain an accused confess his crime in writing and deposit the looted money in national exchequer.
The NAB Chairman said that the Bureau has established a special cell for addressing the grievances of business community, adding that NAB gives importance to business community as they have very important role in country’s progress and prosperity.
He said NAB also respects bureaucracy, adding that officers had already been directed to deal the visiting accused with respect.
NAB has recovered a sum of Rs 487 billion during the tenure of incumbent management and deposited in the national exchequer which is a significant achievement.
NAB has established a modern forensic laboratory. NAB has set a timeframe of 10 months to conclude the cases.
NAB has also introduced a new system of Combine Investigation Team (CIT) in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers, a system of CIT comprising of director, additional director, investigation officer and a senior legal counsel has been put in place.
“This will not only lend quality to the work but also ensure that no single individual can influence the proceedings and the results of CIT are very encouraging”, the Chairman said adding that this helped disposing of investigations and inquiries.

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