Corruption is mother of all evils. Qamar Zaman

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Islamabad—Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB has said that corruption is the mother of all evils which undermines development and also deprives people from their due rights. Considering these facts, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was established as Pakistan’s apex anti-corruption organization which is assigned with the responsibility of elimination of corruption through a holistic approach of awareness, prevention and enforcement. He said these remarks while chairing a meeting to review performance of Awareness and Prevention Division of NAB at NAB Headquarter.
He said NAB had chalked out a comprehensive National Anti-Corruption Strategy and adopted Zero Tolerance Policy to curb corruption and corrupt practices from the country. He said that NAB during the last 16 years has received about 309,000 complaints from individuals and private / public organizations. During this period NAB completed about 6,300 inquiries, out of which 56 percent of these inquiries matured into formal investigation and more than 80 percent investigations were taken into the stage of prosecution in the courts of law. Out of 1,762 decided cases, we achieved conviction in 889 cases, which is a conviction rate of about 51 percent which speaks for itself. NAB’s prime focus is on cases of cheating public at large by fraudulent financial companies, bank frauds, willful bank loan defaults, misuse of authority and embezzlement of state funds by Government servants etc. Since NAB’s inception, one of NAB’s major achievements has been the recovery of around Rs. 276 billion of ill-gotten money which was deposited in the national exchequer which is a remarkable achievement of NAB.
He said that the figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2014 to 2015. The comparative figures for the latest two years are indicative of the hard work being put in by all ranks of NAB staff in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism, where fight against corruption is being taken as a national duty. Increase in the number of complaints also reflects enhanced public trusted in the NAB.
He said it is encouraging that for the first time Anti-Corruption has been made a part of development agenda in Pakistan in the context of Governance. The Planning Commission of Pakistan has included a chapter devoted to issues of corruption in the 11th five year plan and we intend to work closely with Planning Commission to achieve the goals set in the 11th five years plan.—Agencies

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