‘Taking mega corruption cases to logical end NAB’s top priority’

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ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (R) Javed Iqbal Wednesday said NAB is committed to eradicate corruption from country through National Anti-Corruption Strategy for logical conclusion of mega corruption white collar crimes cases by adopting “Accountability for All” Policy.
He chaired a meeting to review performance of operation and prosecution divisions of NAB at its Headquarters. He directed that corrupt elements, absconders and proclaimed offenders would be arrested as per law and taken to task in order to recover looted money from them and deposit in the national exchequer. “This would help putting the country on road to progress, prosperity and completing all development projects on time.
He directed all regional bureaus of NAB to file applications in respected accountability courts for early expediting the ongoing corruption references. He directed all prosecutors to pursue the cases with full preparations as per law on the basis of solid and incriminating evidence to conclude the corruption references to their logical conclusion.
The NAB chairman directed all DGs to conduct all complaint verifications, inquiries and investigations in accordance with law. He said that NAB has received 54,344 complaints and filed 590 corruption references in various accountability courts till March 2019. “NAB is the only organisation which has recovered Rs303 billion from corrupt and deposited in the national exchequer which is a record achievement,” he said.
Furthermore, he said the NAB has filed 1219 corruption references in respected accountability courts which are under trial involving approximately Rs900 billion.
He said that eradicating corruption and taking to mega corruption cases to logical conclusion is top most priority of NAB.
He said that NAB is the only institution in the world which has fixed timeframe to conclude white collar crime cases besides establishing its own state-of-the-art Forensic Lab in NAB Rawalpindi which is helping in lending quality in conduct of inquiries and investigations as per law.
Considering corruption as cancer, he said the NAB has adopted “Accountability for All” Policy to eradicate corruption and corrupt practices with iron hands. “Due to this reason, figures of complaints from people against corruption have almost been doubled as compared to the figures of same period of 2018 to 2019,” he said.
He said the comparative figures of last one year are indicative of hard work, commitment and excellent performance of NAB officers who are working in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism, where fight against corruption is being taken as a national duty.

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