Islamabad—Advisor to Prime Minister on Law and Justice Barrister Zafarullah Khan Tuesday said corruption had been rightly labelled as mother of all ills as it gave birth to multifarious problems, including nepotism and favoritism.
“It negates meritocracy, transparency and accountability. Role of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is very important in eradication of corruption from the country,” he said while addressing a seminar organized by the NAB here at National Library.
He said Father of Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his address to Constituent Assembly of Pakistan had termed “corruption a poison” which needed to be put down with an iron hand.
“Corruption is not only a vice in its own right but also triggers a chain reaction and leads to injustice and mistrust,” he said.
Acting NAB Chairman Imtiaz Tajwar said the Bureau was committed to eradicating corruption by using all its resources across the board by adopting zero tolerance policy.
He said NAB’s operational methodology had set three stages for proceeding of cases, including complaint verification, inquiry and investigation.
“Starting with year 2014 which can be called basically a year of re-invigoration we have moved with new zeal and effort. Through detailed introspection and analysis of organizational weaknesses, overhaul of procedures and business processes, all pillars of the organization i.e. Operations, Prosecution, Human Resource Development and Awareness and Prevention have been reactivated,” Imtiaz added.
He said to close the possibility of any single NAB officer/official influencing the discharge of official business, the concept of a “Combined Investigation Team” (CIT) was introduced comprising two investigation officers and a legal consultant as a working team.
He said to ensure objectivity and standardization across the board, the Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) were examined and revisited through a participative exercise spread over four months for up-gradation and implementation. These SOPs were placed on NAB’s website for convenience of all individuals interacting with NAB, he added.
Imtiaz Tajwar said “the NAB has recovered Rs. 274 billion since its inception.
Around 10,000 Character Building Societies (CBS) have been set up in Universities and Colleges across the country to build an effective edifice against corruption. An MOU has been signed with HEC in this respect.
He said National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) is being upgraded in collaboration with Planning Commission of Pakistan to cater future requirements.
It is encouraging for NAB 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 11th five-year plan and we intend to work closely with Planning Commission to achieve the goals set for eradication of corruption from the society.