TI Pakistan appreciates NAB’s anti-corruption efforts

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

Honorable Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB chaired a meeting at NAB Headquarters. The meeting reviewed overall performance of NAB especially media report of Transparency International (TI) Pakistan dated July 30, 2020 in which Mr. Sohail Muzaffar Chairman TI Pakistan has stated that NAB under the leadership of Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB, anti-corruption drive in the last 34 months has resulted in an excellent impact much needed since its inception, and NAB has so far made recovery of Rs 466 Billion which is a remarkable achievement.
Sohail Muzaffar Chairman TI Pakistan further stated said that NAB since its inception despite its weaknesses, has played a very positive roles in curbing corruption, said Sohail Muzaffar and Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of Pakistan is regularly improved. In 1999 Pakistan CPI Score was 22/100, the rank 87 out of 99 countries, and in 2019 Pakistan has achieved the CPI Score of 32/100, and the rank 120 out of 180 countries.
He said Transparency International has also evaluated NAB performance and compared to 27 South Asian ACA, NAB performance indicators are at par or better to other regional agencies. And in Pakistan, compared to anti-corruption organizations like the Federal Investigation Agency and Provincial Anti-Corruption Departments, NAB is perceived to be more effective.
The Transparency International, Pakistan in its media report issued last year on Monday 26 August 2019 had stated that under the dynamic leadership of Honorable Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB has over 51 years judicial experience. Honorable Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB is the only Chairman NAB who has held the office of acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. His initiative to have interaction with businessmen so that businessmen feel free to do business in Pakistan as they are the backbone of National economy, and play a vital role in the development of the country.
Transparency International Pakistan has been working with NAB since 2000, on awareness and preventive efforts to eradicate corruption, and has held many workshops, trainings, and seminars, specially on NAB’s interaction with business community and bureaucrats, assisting in NACS, UNCAC etc, Honorable Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB said that NAB is determined to eradicate corruption in all its forms and manifestations as corruption is the mother of all evils.
In order to further improve the quality of inquiries and investigations on the basis of solid and documentary evidence, NAB has started combine investigation Team (CIT) system in order to conduct inquiries and investigations comprising of one senior investigation officer, one junior Investigation officer, Additional Director investigation as case officer, legal counsel, financial expert, land revenue expert and forensic expert under the supervision of Director and DG concerned to benefit from collective wisdom.