Eradication of Corruption
Pakistan is role model for SAARC Countries in eradication of Corruption as Pakistan is the only country who’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) according to Transparency International Report has been decreased from 126 to 117.
Pakistan has become first Chairman of SAARC Anti Corruption Forum which is great achievement for Pakistan due to NAB as well as NAB. This was stated by Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB while chairing a meeting to review performance of NAB in eradication of corruption at NAB Headquarter. He said that NAB during the last 16 years has received about 3, 26,694 complaints from individuals and private / public organizations. During this period NAB authorized 10992 complaint verification, 7303 inquiries, 3648 investigations, filed 2667 corruption references in respective accountability courts and overall conviction ratio is about 76 percent. Since NAB’s inception, one of NAB’s major achievements has been the recovery of around Rs. 285/- billion of ill-gotten money which was deposited in the national exchequer which is a remarkable achievement of NAB.
The figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2015 to 2016. The comparative figures for the latest two years are 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 is being taken as a national duty. Increase in the number of complaints also reflects enhanced public trusted in the NAB.
NAB has devised a comprehensive Partly Quantified Grading System in NAB in order to review and further improve the performance of officers/officials of NAB. Under this grading system, NAB Regional Bureau’s are being evaluated for the last two years at a given criteria which has proved very successful and the performance of NAB’s Regional Bureaus is increasing day by day due to regular check and balance.
He said that has initiated an Internal Accountability Mechanism (IAM) and the inefficient, unscrupulous and delinquent officers are being weeded out and proceeded against under relevant provisions of law. NAB had initiated disciplinary proceedings against 84 officers / officials during the last two and half years, out of which 60 cases have been finalized with 23 major penalties, 34 minor penalties and 4 exonerated.