National Accountability Bureau (NAB), since its inception has recovered around Rs. 290 billion of ill-gotten money from corrupt persons and deposited it in national exchequer. “Eradication of corruption is our top priority. NAB committed to eradicating corruption with absolute professionalism, transparency and on merit with iron hands,” Chairman NAB, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said this while addressing the inaugural session of 22nd Annual Director Generals Conference held here on Monday. The Conference would continue till September 27.
He said corruption was mother of all evils which undermined development and was one of the major hurdles in way of prosperity and progress of the country.
The Chairman said after assumption of responsibilities as Chairman, he had taken various initiatives to revamp the organization and devised a comprehensive and effective National Anti-Corruption Strategy. Qamar Zaman said NAB operated under National Accountability Ordinance-1999 which was extended to whole of Pakistan including FATA and Gilgit Baltistan.
He said that NAB had its National Headquarter in Islamabad and five Regional Bureaus located at Lahore, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Balochistan, Karachi and Rawalpindi/Islamabad. During tenure of present management, we have established three new Regional Bureaus at Multan, Sukkur and Gilgit Baltistan in order to address complaints of people living in far flung areas at their doorsteps about corruption and corrupt practices.
He said starting from the year 2014 which could be called basically a year of rejuvenation, NAB had moved with new zeal and effort and added 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 had been reactivated.
“Today, NAB’s operational methodology comprises complaint verification, inquiry and investigation,” he said, adding that the comparative figures from 2014 to 2017 were indicative of hard work being put in by all ranks in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism, where fight against corruption was being taken as a national duty.