Accountability to be from the top: Javed

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Says not hampering national activities

Observer Report

Quetta

The National Accountability Bureau will not tolerate any hurdles in its commitment to root out corruption, its chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal said on Wednesday.
Addressing an event here, the bureau chief said it is time to unite against corruption and eliminate the menace from the country.
“NAB is performing its duty to root out corruption in a transparent manner. [The bureau] has no need to interfere in politics or elections, it has no need to carry out vengeful activities [against anyone].”
Iqbal dismissed the allegations against the anti-graft body as “baseless” and said the bureau receives approximately 250 complaints against corruption every day.
“Accountability will be from the top, and it will be indiscriminate. No obstacles will be tolerated in our [mission] to eliminate the cancer of corruption,” he continued.
Billions of rupees had been looted from the country and stowed away abroad, the chairman lamented, adding that the accountability bureau was doing its best to bring stolen wealth back to Pakistan.
He pointed out that NAB has not taken any measures that could hurt the economy. The bureau chief further vowed that an inquiry will be initiated against two top Balochistan ministers after the July 25 polls.
“The notion that NAB is hampering national activities is not fair. No party will be sidelined,” Javed said.
The anti-graft body’s chief stated that even though it may take time to uproot corruption ‘if the bureaucracy, teachers and media support us, we can surely achieve this objective’.
“Now as far as bureaucracy is concerned, I must say that we are only striving to mend its loopholes. We are there to support, assist and hold everyone accountable from section officer to chief secretary. If you are honest, NAB would never go after you. We want bureaucracy to act as per law and constitution,” he added.
Iqbal went on to sight an example of the bureaucracy of Balochistan and how the funds given to them never reach the public.
‘If you look at Balochistan, over the past 15-20 years the province has received enough funds but the funds have not reached the public,” he added.
Meanwhile, the National Accountability Bureau on Wednesday recovered assets worth Rs1.3 billion from former Balochistan finance secretary Mushtaq Raisani.

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