Islamabad—The Chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, has said that NAB is committed to eradicate corruption from the country across the board by adopting Zero Tolerance Policy against Corruption. He said NAB is mandated to carry out awareness and prevention functions against corruption in pursuance of Section 33C of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO).
In a statement here on Sunday he said Under NAB’s awareness and prevention proactive media campaign across the country, NAB has been engaging different Governmental, Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society, media and other segments of society on its campaign on “Say no to corruption” which has started yielding positive results to aware people about the ill effects of corruption across the country.
He said as per the feedback received from various segments of society, NAB’s awareness and prevention campaign on “Say no to corruption” had been effectively and positively highlighted in print and electronic media throughout the country which has appreciated by all segments of society.
He said that NAB’s effective and proactive media campaign on awareness and prevention campaign will continue during 2016 with its full swing.
He said that NAB’s Anti-corruption campaign is carried widely for awareness and prevention of corruption besides enforcement across the board during 2015 which will continue in the year 2016. He said that NAB hopes that joint efforts of all stakeholders can collaborate to check corruption and corrupt practices before happening with the help of all stakeholders, civil society, media and people at large.
He said recent report of Transparency International rated Pakistan in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 126 to 117 which is a great achievement for Pakistan due to NAB’s efforts. Similarly, PILDAT report also supports the position stated above as 42% people trusted NAB against other related government departments.
He said that NAB had chalked out a comprehensive National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) for eradication of corruption and corrupt practices throughout the country. NAB works according to National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999, which empowers it to act against those who are involved in the corruption and corrupt practices.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has recovered approximately Rs. 276 billion since its inception and deposited in national exchequer which is also a great achievement. He said 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.