NAB committed to root out corruption with iron hand: Chairman NAB.

ISLAMABAD -- Chairman National Accountability Bureau(NAB) Justice Javed Iqbal has said that the NAB was established to eradicate corruption in a holistic and integrated manner as NAB strongly believes in zero tolerance in eradication of corruption. He said that NAB was absolutely committed to rooting out corruption with an iron hand in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism, where fighting against corruption is being taken as national duty.

Chairing a meeting to review performance of NAB's Operations and Prosecution Divisions at the NAB headquarters on Tuesday, Justice Javed Iqbal said that NAB's Anti-Corruption Strategy proved very successful resulting in recovery of Rs. 538 billion from corrupt elements during the tenure of the present management.

He said that the Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan had termed corruption and bribery as one of the biggest curses. "That really is a poison. We must put it down with an iron hand," the NAB chairman said.

During the meeting, it was informed by DG Operations that NAB had received 496,460 complaints since its inception, out of which 487,124 complaints were disposed of.

He informed that NAB has authorized 16,093 Complaint Verification (CVs), while 15,378 Complaint Verification were completed. NAB has authorized 10,241 inquiries, out of which 9,275 inquiries have been completed. NAB has authorized 4,654 Investigations, out of which 4,358 Investigations have been completed by NAB since its inception.

It was informed that it has recovered Rs. 819.793 billion directly and indirectly since its inception, which is a record achievement. It was further informed that NAB had filed 3754 references in various learned accountability courts, out of which 2477 references were decided by learned accountability courts. Currently, 1274 references having worth of Rs. 1335.019 Billion are under trial at various learned accountability courts.

He said that NAB is considered a role model among SAARC countries. Due to this reason, NAB was selected as the first Chairman of SAARC anti Corruption Forum. NAB is the focal Department of Pakistan under United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).


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