Stemming fraud: ‘NAB striving to eradicate corruption’

Chief says bureau totally independent of influence


Our Correspondent September 10, 2015
NAB chairman giving souvenir to a UNCAC representative. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has said that the bureau is working with dedication to eliminate corruption from the country.

Speaking as the chief guest at the concluding session of a four-day programme titled “Review of the Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) here on Thursday, he said that the NAB was working independently to fight the menace of corruption to achieve the targets.

“Pakistan is committed to and working hand in hand with the international community in line with the UN convention to achieve goals and targets,” he said.

Chaudhry said that the NAB has the resolve to check practices which were eating up “our precious resources’.

“Corruption is a complex social and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. No society is immune to this challenge which continues to haunt the efforts towards ensuring equitable socio-economic development, establishing rule of law and provision of justice in societies,” Chaudhry said adding that corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes towards political instability, discourages foreign direct investment and spoils healthy business environment.

He stressed that it was essential for Pakistan and the whole world to cope up with the menace. The NAB chairman said that Pakistan was committed to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) to eradicate corruption by implementing its articles through an intensive approach of awareness, prevention and enforcement.

He said that the basic essence of the country review of Pakistan was to improve legislation for combating corruption and devise a mechanism for efficient and effective accountability.

During the four-day exhaustive activity from September 7 to September 10, foreign reviewers along with UNODC officials remained engaged with local experts from different departments and organizations of Pakistan to discuss implementation of the provisions of the UNCAC.

He paid special thanks to Atle Roaldsoy, a reviewer from Norway, Derek Futaiasi, a reviewer from Solomon Island, Candice Welch and Jennifer Sarvary Bradford from UNODC, Vienna and others.

The UNCAC reviewer team appreciated NAB’s performance.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th, 2015.

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