Islamabad—The Enforcement Strategy of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has proved successful in effectively curbing white collar crimes and led to recovery of proceeds of crime worth Rs. 278 billion since its inception. The Bureau has received 3,21,318 complaints which were all disposed off according to law. The Apex anti-corruption organization has authorized 7124 inquiries, 3616 investigation and filed 2610 in respective Accountability Courts to proceed against allegedly corrupt people during the period.
In short span of 16 years, Bureau’s performance is considered as record achievement with overall convictions of 76 per cent. Enumerating achievements, the Bureau on Thursday said its Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, after assuming charge in 2013 had taken various measures to revamp and chalked out an effective and comprehensive National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) for eradication of corruption and corrupt practices.
NAB’s National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) for eradication of corruption has acknowledged by national and international organizations like PILDAT and Transparency International. The year 2014 was an year of rejuvenation of NAB in which many initiatives were taken to pursue corruption cases on merit without any fear and favor under Enforcement Strategy. The Enforcement Strategy proved very successful in 2015 and present management has decided to continue its strategy in 2016 as well.
Highlighting salient features of NAB Enforcement Strategy, the Bureau said NAB operations start functioning on receipt of a written complaint about an alleged act of corruption & corrupt practices as defined under section 9. The process initiated with verification of contents of complaint received and applicability of provisions of law. This process is called Complaint Verification (CV) wherein the complainant is called for confirming status and evidence available with him.
Once it is determined that the alleged offence falls under NAO and available material justifies for further process, the same is processed for subsequent action. In the second step, inquiry under section 18 of the NAO is authorized to confirm committal of offence and collection of evidence to identify alleged person(s) involved. The record/evidence collection process is supplemented with recording of statements of witnesses and accused persons.
The alleged person has option of Voluntary Return (VR) at this stage to return illegal gain and to avoid any fallout on his/her position in form of conviction or any disqualification for holding public office. This whole process is completed after due deliberations at each level by giving consideration to the role of Combined Investigation Teams (CITs) and in Regional Executive Board Meetings (RBMs). Moreover, NAB has devised to rationalize the workload and timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months- from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in Accountability Court.