NAB chairman stresses on timely disposal of cases

Asks officers to redouble efforts to eradicate corruption


Qadeer Tanoli October 05, 2018
Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal. PHOTO: PPI / FILE

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Thursday said that NAB has established its first state of the art forensic science laboratory in NAB Rawalpindi which has facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis.

This came while addressing officers at NAB Headquarters.

He said that NAB has rationalised its workload and timelines have been prescribed for expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months - from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in the Accountability Court.

The chairman said that eradication of corruption is top most priority of the NAB. The NAB has devised proactive national anti-corruption strategy to root out corruption from the country.

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Iqbal said the accountability watchdog has geared up its efforts to nab corrupt, proclaimed offenders and absconders.

NAB officers must redouble their efforts to eradicate corruption by adopting “Accountability for All” Policy across the board, he stressed.

He said that NAB’s main focus is on mega corruption cases, cases of cheating public, housing societies/cooperative societies, fraudulent financial companies, bank frauds, willful bank loan defaults, misuse of authority, money laundering and embezzlement of state funds.

“Since its inception, one of the NAB’s major achievements has been the recovery of around Rs297 billion of ill-gotten money.”

He said that NAB has also introduced combined investigation team (CIT) system in order to benefit from collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers. This was to ensure that no single individual can influence the official proceedings of NAB, he added.

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He said that NAB on bilateral cooperation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China for cooperation in the fields of anti-corruption.

In the context of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor this cooperation would further boost confidence in projects undertaken in Pakistan.

He said that an effective accountability mechanism is essential for economic growth, investment and stability of social order.

The intervention by NAB has acted as a catalyst, as transparency is a prerequisite for promoting investment and economic growth. Since its inception, NAB had adopted the Enforcement based approach in its fight against corruption.

Special focus is therefore being given to awareness and prevention activities besides enforcement to educate the people at large about ill effects of corruption.

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