Money stolen by corrupt individuals shall be returned to national exchequer, vows chairman NAB

Out of 179 mega cases of corruption, NAB has successfully passed 96 on to relevant courts for hearing and trials


News Desk November 21, 2017
Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal. PHOTO: FILE

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Javed Iqbal has said that the country currently has a debt of $84 billion and vowed to return the money stolen from the country back to the national exchequer.

Addressing NAB officers in Lahore, the chairman said on Monday the accountability bureau has sworn to change the tarnished image of the country.

“This is the top priority of the accountability bureau,” the chairman said adding that the corrupt elements needed to be brought to justice, and there was no place for the corrupt, the disqualified or the official offenders in the bureau.

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“The bureau isn’t made to take revenge from personalities or target a political party, apart from acting as agents of change; NAB shall also play an active role in bringing people to justice. NAB is not going to tolerate thaana culture,” the chairman stated.

Iqbal also said NAB will take actions against the corrupt impartially. With indiscriminate action, all shall be held accountable.

Out of the 179 mega cases of corruption, NAB has successfully passed 96 on to relevant courts for hearing and trials. Twenty-five such cases are pending investigation, and also will be directed to the courts. Out of the 179 cases, 33 have been resolved.

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Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal also informed that NAB has made latest forensic laboratories in Islamabad. All regional bureaus have been asked to resolve all mega corruption cases within the next three months and submit a report to the headquarters.

After the performance review of NAB Islamabad, the performance reviews of the regional accountability bureaus shall also be conducted.

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