The Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) recovered about Rs 108 billion – said to be a “historic” amount – in the past year, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar announced in a tweet on Sunday.
Out of the total amount recovered, the ACE made a direct recovery of Rs 1.63bn and an indirect recovery of Rs 2.81bn. More than Rs 103bn were retrieved in land recovery.
“The foundation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) has been laid on the elimination of corruption and impartial accountability,” the tweet read.
During August 2018-19, the ACE addressed 27,127 complaints out of 26,588 that were lodged pertaining to corruption, the tweet added. About 5,410 inquiries were launched, out of which verdicts on 8,726 were issued. The ACE, after “complete investigation”, registered 5,410 cases and issued verdicts in 2,014.
The unit also issued 1,019 challans, conducted 280 raids and 1,821 arrests were made, the tweet said. It added that over the past one year, the ACE had arrested 40 suspects who were absconding and 257 accused who were wanted by the body. “The process of accountability will continue so that the public’s trust in institutions can be revived.”
The announcement comes less than two months after the Punjab government removed Ejaz Hussain Shah as ACE director general over “poor performance”.
Shah was appointed on March 4 this year as the ACE DG and was removed at a time when he was dealing with several high-level inquiries against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders.