Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry Monday said training of investigation officers was the top priority of NAB. He made these remarks while addressing as chief guest at a ceremony, organized by NAB at Police Training College Sihala to congratulate all the newly inducted officers of NAB on becoming a part of prestigious apex anti-corruption organization of NAB, according to a press release.
“It is a matter of great pleasure for me to congratulate you all at the graduation ceremony after completion of Training Session for the Eighth Investigator’s Basic Induction Course-(IBIC)-VIII conducted at Police Training College Sihala,” he added.
He said, “you should be pleased on your selection as it is purely done on merit on the basis of hard work and diligence which has pulled you through to this level. It was a very competitive process.”
To maintain transparency and fair-play, the selection process was outsourced to the National Testing Service (NTS) which conducted academic as well as psychological tests. In all 94,165 applications were received in response to advertisement. 80,377 candidates were shortlisted for 97 posts. It was a gigantic task to select the best out of best huge lot. “I am very happy to say that not one sifarish or aberration has occurred in the entire process. NAB as an organization has its motto Say NO to Corruption.”
“We cannot afford the slightest indication of any subjectivity. I firmly believe that only those who were selected on merit will be able to do Justice to the job that they are assigned. This has been the hallmark of our work and it shall continue in future as well.”
He said NAB was assigned the important national duty of eradication of corruption in all its forms and manifestations. The menace of corruption has links to a multitude of vices. It led to injustice, mistrust and suspicion. Corruption in government spending has a negative impact on development programmes and results in perpetual increase in cost of creation and maintenance of public assets. The particular deadliness of the disease lies in its self-perpetuation, he added.
Any corrupt act or practice sets in motion a vicious cycle in which the impact of corruption becomes the source for further acts of corruption. “Our motherland is confronted with the Albatross of Corruption which is eating into our precious national resources.” He said that NAB is essentially a complaint driven organization.
An exhaustive system of cog of cases has been formulated to standardize the selection of cases for processing. Priority is assigned keeping in view the case nature, the amount of money involved, the social impact and number of affectees. He said NAB personnel follow a strict code of ethics and conduct, a zero tolerance against corruption is strictly enforced.
NAB’s perpetual methodology is designed on a comprehensive three-pronged approach encompassing prevention, awareness and enforcement under the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO), 1999. Since its creation, NAB has adopted the enforcement based approach in the fight against corruption, he added. He said irrespective of their status and social standing, NAB has investigated and prosecuted the corrupt. NAB accords high priority to cases of cheating public at large which is a serious offence under NAO.