Corruption free Pakistan: Corruption cases must be pursued with transparency

Directs staff to pursue cases with transparency and as per law

News Desk April 15, 2018

National Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has said that corruption is a cancer which is major hurdle in the development of the country. and NAB is absolutely committed to eradicating this scourge with iron hands across the board.

He said that NAB has recovered Rs296 billion from corrupt elements and deposited in national exchequer. Not a single paisa has been received by any NAB employee as they considered eradication of corruption their national duty. He directed all DGs of NAB to pursue all corruption cases according to merit and transparency s per law.

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Justice (retd) Iqbal was addressing heads of NAB Regional Bureaus to review their performance at NAB headquarters.

He pointed out that that NAB has chalked out a very comprehensive Anti Corruption Strategy for eradication of corruption. The operational methodology of NAB for processing of all corruption cases from complaint verification, inquiry and investigation was also reviewed. Chairman NAB directed that NAB’s investigation officers strictly follow Code of Conduct and zero tolerance policy on the basis of evidence as per law. He said that NAB has geared up and perfected its procedures.

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Due to this reason, NAB has been re-invigoration. He said that to close the possibility of any single NAB officer influencing the discharge of official inquiry-investigation, the concept of a “Combined Investigation Team” (CIT) has been introduced where two investigation officers and a legal consultant are working as a team for a fair, transparent and unbiased, inquiry-investigation.

He further added prosecution was also given targets and as a result of endeavours the accountability court conviction ratio is now 76%.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 14th, 2018.



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