Corruption is mother of all evils which must be eliminated through iron hand as corruption affects progress and prosperity of the country. If a country wants to achieve sustained socio economic development with healthy investment, corruption must be eliminated at all cost. This was stated by Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB while chairing a meeting to review performance of all wrings of NAB at NAB Headquarter.
He said that corruption and misuse of authority are the main challenges. In fact, the nation was warned against this matter by our great leader The Quaid-e-Azam Mohamad Ali Jinnah in the first ever address in the constituent assembly in the following words.
‘One of the biggest curses from which India is suffering – I do not say that other countries are free from it, but I think our condition is much worse – is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison. We must put it down with an iron hands and I hope that you will take adequate measures as soon as it is possible for this assembly to do so.’
He said that all segments of society especially the youth need to stand united against corruption, corrupt practices. They need to contribute to this cause by extending full support to the state anti-corruption agencies in spreading awareness about ill effects of this menace amongst our future generations in Universities and Colleges.
As rightly said by Martin Luther King, Jr that … ‘Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals are essential.’
He said that as head of Pakistan’s apex anti-corruption agency, it is important for us to share our organization’s efforts for eradication of corruption. It is a privilege to mention that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been consistently engaging all stakeholders in the fight against corruption in order to uproot this evil from society. NAB woks on a three pronged strategy to weed out corruption. It consists of awareness/education, prevention and enforcement. He said that we have focused on awareness and prevention. NAB has taken lead in establishing a path way for effectively combating corruption in the system. Under the awareness / education regime, more than 42 thousand character building societies (CBS) have been established in Universities and Colleges all over the country for sensitizing the future leader of our country against corruption. NAB has planned to reach at the stage 50 thousands CBS at the end of 2017.
He said that in the anti-corruption efforts, prevention regime is another effective tool to combat corruption and misuse of authority at an early stage before it happens. NAB is mandated under section 33C of NAO form Prevention Committees for suggesting amendments in rules / regulation, in order to prevent corruption and corrupt practices in government departments. These prevention committees are mainly constituted for government, ministries and departments who have more frequent contact and dealings with common people. Like Health, Education and Religious Affairs etc. Cooperatives and police departments also fall in this category. The prevention committees consist of senior officers of government, experts in the field, eminent citizens and NAB. He said that Prevention committees have been established at NAB Headquarter and regional NAB’s. Recommendations of various prevention committees on finalization are forwarded to quarters concerned for implementation.
He said that in the field of enforcement, the first step is cognizance of an offence and then investigation follows. On successful completion of investigation, Prosecution in Court of law is processed by NAB so that culprits can be awarded the punishment for the offence. He said that at the report of PILDAT has acknowledged the efforts of NAB for reinvigorating its functions. Due to NAB’s efforts PILDAT, Transparency International, Mishal and World Economic Forum have appreciated NAB’s performance.—APP