NAB committed to make corruption free Pakistan
By Asim Ali
Corruption was the root cause of all ills being confronted by the country. It was also main hurdle in progress and prosperity of the country. Justice Javed Iqbal immediately after assuming the coved post of chairman NAB on Oct 11, 2017 devised the policy of “Accountability for All” and created the slogan NAB’s faith; corruption free Pakistan.
From Oct 11, 2017 to Dec 31, 2018, the chairman transformed the Bureau into an effective, vibrant and trust worthy institute in just 13 months period.
The decision of Supreme Court of Pakistan of handing over investigations of Panama Papers case, 56 public limited companies, 435 offshore companies and fake accounts testifies this.
The NAB under the guidance of Justice Javed Iqbal had taken indiscriminate actions against corrupt elements in just 13 months which helped increasing people’s confidence in the Bureau. Over 59 percent people reposed confidence over NAB policies in a Gallup and Gillani survey.
Owing to that trust NAB had received about 54,344 complaints from October 2017 to Dec31, 2018, the highest in a year period history of NAB. The NAB Okayed 2,125 complaint verifications, 1059 inquiries, 302 investigations, 561 arrested and filed 590 corruption references in various accountability courts.
The NAB had also recovered record Rs4,200 million from corrupt elements and deposited in national exchequer. NAB also enjoyed 70.8 percent unprecedented conviction ratio in 2018.
NAB has so far received 408,431 compliments since its inception. Out of which NAB approved 14,069 complaint verifications, 9,400 inquiries, 4,122 investigations arrested 3,913 and filed 3,488 corruption references in various accountability courts.
The accountability watchdog recovered record Rs 289.991 billion from corrupt elements and deposited it in the national exchequer.
Right now, NAB’s 1,219 corruption references involving Rs900 billion corruption are at various stages of hearing in different accountability courts.
Chairman said eradication of corruption is our national responsibility. Top most priority of NAB is to conclude mega corruption cases as early as possible. Looted national wealth should be recovered from the corrupt and proclaimed offenders by dragging them into the dock. The recovered amount would help completing incomplete projects. The strategy adopted by Justice Javed to curb corruption has already been admitted as most effective strategy to fight corruption.
Justice Javed encourages hardworking officers and also discourages incompetent officers.
Chairman himself listens people’s grievances by holding open Katchery on every last Thursday of every month. He has till date listened over 4,000 complaints. All regional director generals also listen people’s complaints at their respective offices on last Thursday of every month.
Chairman has also chaired 25 meetings of Executive Board Meetings at headquarters in last one year. The meeting had allowed holding hundreds of complaint verifications, investigations, inquiries and references. The NAB is utilizing all available resources to eradicate in all forms. The NAB is also shaping itself as role model for SAARC countries. Pakistan was elected first chairman of SAARC anti-corruption forum. THE NAB also inked corruption eradication agreement with China. It does not believe in discrimination against any suspect as it considers only cases and not faces.
The policy of the chairman of zero tolerance against corruption has started bearing positive results.
NAB had received 40,156 applications in Modarba and Musharka scandals. The Bureau has so far arrested 44 suspects besides recovering Rs616 million looted amount from the culprits of Mudarba/Musharka scandals. From same culprits the bureau has recovered 6,000 Kanal of land,10 houses and 12 precious vehicles. A total of 28 references were filed in the accountability courts, so that the looted amount could be returned to the affectees.
The bureau has also returned the housing societies’ looted amount to public, who thanked the chairman for recovering their hard earned life savings from housing societies. Justice Javed has termed eradication of corruption as his priority and he has recovered record Rs303 billion from corrupt elements and deposited it in the national exchequer.