Eradication of corruption is top priority of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) which intended to curb corruption with iron hands by adopting zero tolerance policy across the board for corruption-free Pakistan. This was said by Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB while chairing a monthly coordination meeting which reviewed latest progress on the decision taken in the previous monthly coordination meeting held here.
He said that NAB had chalked out a proactive National Anti- Corruption Strategy to curb corruption and corrupt practices from the country.
NAB during the last 16 years has received about 3,26,694 complaints from individuals and private/public organizations.
During this period NAB authorized 10,992 complaint verification, 7,303 inquiries, 3,648 investigations, filed 2,667 corruption references in respective accountability courts and overall conviction ratio is about 76 percent.
He said that 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 had been the recovery of around Rs. 285/- billion of ill-gotten money which was deposited in the national exchequer which was a remarkable achievement of NAB. He said that the figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations were almost doubled as compared to the same period of 2014 to 2015.
The comparative figures for the latest two years were 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 was being taken as a national duty, he said. Increase in the number of complaints also reflects enhanced public trusted in the NAB. The PILDAT in its report supported the position stated above as 42% people trusted NAB against 30 % for police and 29 % for government officials.
The recent report of Transparency International also rated Pakistan in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 126 to 117 which was a great achievement for Pakistan due to Chairman NAB’s efforts. The World Economic Forum and Mishal Pakistan according to Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum rated Pakistan from 126 to 122 this year which was great achievement of Pakistan due to NAB efforts,the Chairman NAB said. He said that NAB has filed 12 references in the Rs 22 billion Modarba Scam and recovered Rs. I.73 billion from Modaraba Scam besides properties and vehicles.
Pakistan was elected as first Chairman of SAARC anti Corruption Forum. This is a major achievement both for the NAB as well as the Government.