A high level meeting of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presided over by Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB, held at NAB headquarters

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Islamabad, January 22, 2021 (TNS): A high level meeting of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presided
over by Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB, held at NAB headquarters and deliberated upon the overall performance of NAB in corruption cases especially in the logical conclusion of the mega corruption cases of billions of rupees as per law.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman NAB said eradication of corruption, return of plundered money is the top most priority of NAB. There are 1,230 corruption references having accumulated value of Rs. 947
billion are under trial at various accountability courts in the country. Chairman
directed all concern to file early hearing applications in the relevant
accountability courts, so that the mega corruption cases could be taken to logical
conclusion in accordance with clause 16(a) of NAB Ordinance, 1999.

He directed regional bureaus, prosecution division to pursue the mega
corruption cases in accountability courts very vigorously on the basis of solid and concrete
evidence having statements of accused persons and witnesses as per law in order bring corrupt elements to justice who indulged in billions of rupees
corruption, money laundering and cheated public at large and
deposit the billion of rupees in national exchequer so that the deposited amount in national exchequer could be spent on the development projects of the country. He said NAB has filed corruption references in different accountability courts on
the basis of concrete proofs.
He exhorted the accused persons who clamour about the proofs while standing
outside the accountability courts not to criticise NAB but to utilise all
their energies in defending the corruption references filed by NAB against them on the basis
of concrete, solid and incriminating evidence where law will take its own course of action.

The Chairman NAB said that NAB has recovered Rs 714 billion since its inception directly and
indirectly from the corrupt elements and deposited the entire amount in the
national exchequer. The conviction ratio of NAB is about 68.8
percent which is much higher than the other anti corruption agencies in Pakistan. NAB intends to further improve its conviction ratio through revamping its Operations Division and Prosecution Division in order to further improve the standard and quality of
inquiries and investigations on modern lines on the the basis of solid documentary evidence as per law.