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Commission for enforced disappearances settled 3,938 cases of missing persons

Under the leadership of retired Justice Javed Iqbal, the Commission of Inquiry for Enforced Disappearances and the National Accountability Bureau have made great strides. The two organizations have succeeded in ensuring transparency, alongside expediting the processes with efficiency.

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The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances declared that 3,938 out of the 6,156 missing persons have been traced. A press release, issued on Friday, noted that the commission has handled 3,938 cases out a total of 6,156 missing person cases by 30th June.

The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances is headed by retired Justice Javed Iqbal, who is also serving as the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). In the month of June, the Commission conducted 702 hearings on the missing person cases, of which 210 were held in Karachi, 194 were conducted in Islamabad, 126 in Quetta, 86 in Lahore, and 86 in Peshawar.

The press release issued by the commission noted that the family members of the missing persons expressed their gratitude to the chairman and the members of the Commission for prioritizing the cases and taking a profound interest in handling them in an expedited manner.

Retired Justice Javed Iqbal observed that the National Accountability Bureau is dedicated to ensure that it is an organization marked with transparency, professionalism, and dignity. 

The press release also noted that retired Justice Javed Iqbal assumed the position of the head of the Inquiry Commission of Enforced Disappearances in an honorary capacity, and will not be taking any wages and other amenities from this position.

NAB Monthly Performance Review

NAB Chairman retired Justice Iqbal presided over the monthly performance review meeting of the accountability watchdog.

The meeting was briefed that NAB’s prosecution division was providing legal assistant to the operation division of the accountability bureau, along with assisting regional bureaus in verifying complaints and investigations as per legal requirements and the standard operating procedures of extending the cases to accountability courts, high courts and the Supreme Court.

The NAB Chairman informed that the regular monitoring and performance analysis of the NAB’s prosecution division has improved the overall conviction ratio by an impressive 70% in the accountability ration, which was one of the most impressive amongst such rations.

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The NAB chief further briefed that the National Accountability Bureau has been focused on strategizing its workload and responsibilities, and timelines have been created to dispose of cases in an efficient and expedited manner. The NAB authorities have created a maximum duration of 10 months to undertake the processes of verifying complains, conducting investigations, and filing references in accountability courts.

The meeting was briefed that an e-library has been set-up at the NAB headquarters, and furbished with over 50,000 electronic books, including yearly and monthly legal reports and law journals.

The NAB has also designed and executed an efficient system of monitoring and evaluating progress at the headquarters and regional offices to evaluate the countrywide performance of the accountability watchdog.

Retired Justice Javed Iqbal observed that the National Accountability Bureau is dedicated to ensure that it is an organization marked with transparency, professionalism, and dignity.

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He added that the bureau’s untiring efforts will ensure that Pakistan sets a powerful example of eliminating corruption, and this can be witnessed in the achievement that Pakistan now ranks 116th in the Corruption Perception Index. As per the report by Trans-pa-rency International, earlier Pakistan ranked 175th on the Corruption Perception Index, indicating marked improvements.