NAB filed references against financial abuses: Chairman

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Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal has said that the Bureau had filed references on the basis of solid evidences so that corrupt should be brought to justice as per law.

The Chairman NAB said that references are related to corruption, money laundering, assets beyond known sources of income, cheating public at large etc.

He said that NAB is absolutely committed for logical conclusion of mega corruption cases and requests are being filed for early hearings of all references. He said that due to vigorous prosecution of NAB, 1194 accused persons were convicted from Oct 10, 2017 to Nov 10, 2021 during the tenure of present management of NAB.

Justice Javed Iqbal said that NAB strongly believes in working in accordance with law. NAB has no affiliation with any political party, group and individual and our affiliation is with state of Pakistan. He said that people who are claiming about their innocence in the media they should better request the concerned learned Accountability Courts to have hearing of their cases on a day to day basis where law will take its own course of action.

He said that NAB had constituted a Combined Investigation Team (CIT) to benefit from the collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers which is lending quality. He said NAB was the focal institution of Pakistan under the UN Convention against corruption (UNCAC) and the Chairman of SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum. He said NAB was considered a role model organization in SAARC countries.

The Chairman of the Bureau said that NAB from Oct 2017 to Ovt, 2021 has recovered Rs 539 billion directly and indirectly from corrupt elements which is a record achievement as compared to other years which shows a commitment and dedication of NAB officers towards performance of their national responsibilities in eradication of corruption from the country. He said that 1264 corruption cases are under trial in various accountability courts of the country.

He said that Pakistan is the only country with whom China has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for eradication of corruption. The performance of NAB is being reviewed regularly on the basis of a monitoring and evaluation system so that it could be improved further. He said that youth is our future; NAB has signed an MOU with Higher Education Commission in order to aware youth about the ill effects of corruption in universities and colleges at an early age.

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