NAB terms Tarin’s allegation baseless, misleading

The Nation

ISLAMABAD – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has termed the statement of Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin in which he alleged NAB as a hurdle in the working of bureaucracy as baseless, misleading and contrary to the facts.
In a statement issued by the Bureau spokesperson said, NAB while denying the allegation of Tarin’s statement alleging that “bureaucracy is not working due to fear of NAB”, said some 1,273 references having total volume of Rs 1,300 billion are under trial in different accountability courts. It said out of which very negligible references are against bureaucracy and such malicious propaganda against NAB is an attempt to tarnish the image of NAB and also aimed at discouraging the bureaucracy.
NAB has said that bureaucracy is the jugular vein of any country and the bureau not only respected bureaucracy but also acknowledged their services. Chairman NAB Justice ® Javed Iqbal has served the country in different capacities including acting Chief Justice of Pakistan and he is quite well versed with the issues of bureaucracy.
The spokesman said that the chairman NAB after taking the responsibilities of present position in 2017, had addressed federal secretaries at Cabinet Division, Islamabad, federal secretaries, provincial secretaries of Punjab in Lahore and Provincial Secretaries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Peshawar and answered the questions of satisfactorily. It was part of the record that the bureaucracy had felicitated the chairman NAB which was published by newspapers and telecast by leading TV channels.
It further said, it merits mentioning here that NAB was established in 1999 for eradication of corruption and recovery of looted money from corrupt elements. He said NAB had recovered Rs 286.755 billion directly and indirectly from 1999 to 2016. It mentioned under the leadership of Chairman NAB, the Bureau has recovered Rs. 502 billion directly and indirectly from 2017 to 2020 which is reflected in the annual performance report of 2020 of NAB which is very much available at website of NAB.
The National Anti-Corruption Strategy devised by the chairman NAB is being acknowledged as most effective strategy. NAB is focal organisation under UN convention against corruption (UNCAC). NAB is chairman of Saarc Anti Corruption Forum.
The Chairman has rejuvenated NAB for materializing the dream of corruption-free Pakistan. NAB is a human friendly institute which strongly believed in protecting self esteem of all people. NAB and bureaucracy both are working for the country. Bureaucracy needed not to fear, if working under relevant laws and following set procedure. NAB has affiliation with state of Pakistan. Its officers strongly believed in eradication of corruption. NAB does not care about any propaganda and believed in concentrating to perform its duties, the spokesman maintained.

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