PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is committed to eliminating corruption and corrupt practices from the country, its chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said on Thursday.
Chaudhry made these remarks during a visit to the NAB office in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to review its performance. On the occasion, Director General NAB K-P Shahzad Saleem gave a detailed presentation on the performance of the bureau.
According to Saleem, NAB K-P received 32,318 complaints and all were disposed of since its inception. He said that since its formation NAB K-P authorised 1,300 inquiries and 570 investigations adding that 371 corruption references have been filed in accountability courts and 607 corrupt people were arrested and recovery of Rs2,945.799 million have been made.
The NAB chairman said that corruption hampers development. He said that increase in number of complaints also reflects enhanced public trust in NAB. The PILDAT report for last year also supports the position as 42 per cent people trusted NAB adding recent report of Transparency International also rated Pakistan in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 175 to 126 which is a great achievement for Pakistan.
Chaudhry said that NAB K-P is an important regional bureau and plays an important role in the overall performance of NAB.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2015.