ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is committed to eradicating corruption by adopting a zero tolerance policy across the country under the leadership of NAB chairperson Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, said NAB Karachi director-general Lt Col (retd) Sirajul Naeem.
He was addressing an 'Anti-Corruption Seminar for Executing and Implementing Agencies' organised by Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Karachi on Thursday.
In his address, Lt Col Naeem said that projects worth billions of rupees are beautifully maintained on paper with very little development on ground. He said that NAB is determined to eradicate corruption through awareness, prevention and enforcement initiatives. According to him, NAB Karachi is taking preventive measures through the formation of prevention committees. The bureau is carrying on a recovery drive for Hyderabad Electric Supply Company defaulters and has recovered Rs5.1 billion as of April 21. He said that after Chaudhry was appointed as NAB chairperson he instituted measures to make the organisation more effective and efficient. Fresh standard operating procedures were formulated, with strict timelines for the processing of any case, he added. This has made NAB one of the most efficient and productive anti-corruption agencies, both nationally and internationally, said Lt Col (retd) Naeem.
He said NAB Karachi's performance of NAB during 2015 as compared to last decade has been praiseworthy and distinctive. A radical change in the number of complaints has been witnessed compared to previous years, which shows the trust and confidence of people in NAB, he added. Lt Col (retd) Naeem said NAB Karachi is utilising all its resources in pursuit of holding the corrupt accountable.
An interactive question-and-answer session was conducted by the director-general where he urged participants to ensure every penny given for the public is spent for them.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2016.