Pakistan, China to jointly oversee CPEC projects

Published: May 7, 2017
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Karakoram Highway. PHOTO: AFP

Karakoram Highway. PHOTO: AFP

An agreement signed between the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and China would see both Islamabad and Beijing jointly oversee projects and ensure transparency.

This was stated by NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, a statement released by the anti-corruption watchdog on Saturday. Terming corruption as the greatest evil being faced in the country, Chaudhry said that its eradication was the bureau’s top priority.

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He added that in this regard, NAB had devised a Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to rationalise workload and timelines – set at a maximum of 10 months – which have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in the accountability court.

Moreover, he said that NAB had also introduced a new system of Combined Investigation Team (CIT) so that investigators can derive benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior officers.

This system, he said, would not only lend quality to the work but also ensure that no one can influence proceedings. He added that the concept of CIT had proven to be successful in improving the quality of inquiry and investigations.

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Chaudhry pointed out that NAB was a role model for SAARC Countries. He further said that Pakistan became the first country to lead the SAARC Anti-Corruption forum.

To create awareness about the ill-effects of corruption amongst the youth, the NAB chief said that they had collaborated with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct over 42,000 Character Building Societies (CBSs) at universities and colleges across the country.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 7th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Shan
    May 7, 2017 - 12:44PM

    NAB chairman is a sharif slave and stooge. Recommend

  • Shiraz
    May 7, 2017 - 12:47PM

    NAB is a role model for SAARC countries! Lol, that made my day!!Recommend

  • Amjad
    May 7, 2017 - 12:47PM

    CPEC only will not solve all the problems. Following should considered:
    1. Computerization of the whole government system is necessary to curb the menace of corruption. We have seen many good examples of this type of governance.
    2. Build awareness campaigns throughout the country about the positive involvement of the masses.
    3. The problem is that we have corrupt leaders in 90% of the government departments. First you have to make them accountable and have an eye on all of them.
    4. Ease of doing business should be the top priority. Decrease the taxation on new startups.
    5. National mobility programmesRecommend

  • powayman
    May 7, 2017 - 3:30PM

    I always thought that the person paying for the project was the boss?Recommend

  • It's (still) Economy Stupid
    May 7, 2017 - 8:20PM

    Pakistani population has collective amnesia or in sedation. No one is asking the right questions about CPEC. When IMF, WB or ADB or any commercial bank gives loan they do not participate in project management, construction of road with their own people and then ask for the client to pay for the security of their personnel and tax exemption for import of machinery etc etc. If China is giving $50 billion loan at 6.3% then its involvement ends there. Right now it appears that Pakistan can not even build roads. Even Congo can build road. Also it is not known what if Pakistan is not able to pay back loan what will happen? What is the collateral pledged against this loan? Modern day East India company in the making. Like Rome is burning and Nero is—.Recommend

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