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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Chairman NAB promises not to rest until Pakistan is Corruption Free

Chairman NAB vowed not to let any person, any entity stand in his way to wipe Pakistan clean of corruption. NAB has introduced a chain of command system to not let any one person influence the case which makes the accountability process more transparent.

Chairman NAB  Justice(R) Javed Iqbal claimed that the National Accountability Bureau is the only organization in Pakistan that has prescribed a maximum time limit of 10 months for expeditious disposal of mega corruption white-collar crime cases.

He said this while chairing a meeting to review the performance of NAB’s operation, prosecution and all regional bureaus of NAB at his office on Monday.

Chairman NAB said that the institution is committed to nab corrupt elements, proclaimed offenders and absconders. He said that in order to facilitate the officers and prosecutors in the collection of relevant information for expeditious disposal of cases as per laid down rules/laws NAB has established libraries at NAB Headquarters and all Regional Bureaus of NAB.

He said that NAB also established an E-Library at NAB Headquarters having more than 50,000 electronic books related to Law Journals, yearly law reports, and monthly law reports, etc. The Chairman NAB said that NAB has devised and implemented an effective MES in NAB in order to review its performance in qualitative and quantitative terms which has proved very successful in enhancing the performance of NAB including Regional Bureaus.

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During the meeting, it was informed that operations and prosecution divisions of NAB are working closely in order to provide legal assistance to NAB’s operations division and all regional bureaus of NAB in conduct of complaint verifications, inquiries, investigations as per law and laid down SOPs, to help pleading NAB’s cases in Accountability Courts, High Courts and the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

It was informed that NAB has rationalized its workload and timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months – to follow the complete chain, from complaint verification to inquiry to investigation and finally to a reference in the Accountability Court.

He said that NAB has also introduced Combine Investigation Team (CIT) system in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers.

This system is not only lending quality to the work against corruption but also ensuring that no single individual can influence the official proceedings of NAB. Due to this reason, NAB, for the first time in a year filed 630 corruption references in respected Accountability courts and recovered Rs158 billion directly and indirectly from corrupt elements. Chairman NAB directed all investigation officers to have a case diary of each case which is very important and will help them in improving the quality of inquiry and investigation as per law.

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During the meeting, it was informed that on the directions of the Honorable Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB, Prosecution Division has been revamped by inducting experienced legal consultants/special prosecutors. A mechanism of handling the witnesses has been established in all the regional bureaus of NAB and the result of this intervention is very encouraging.