Islamabad June 21(TNS): National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said on Wednesday that the bureau is committed to eradicating corruption.
“It is a pride for Pakistan that the country is considered a role model for other SAARC countries in terms of eradication of corruption. Pakistan is the only country in South Asia whose Corruption Perception Index (CPI), according to Transparency International, has decreased from 175 to 116 during the last three years,” said the NAB chief while chairing a meeting to review the performance of the anti-graft body in eradication of corruption.
“Pakistan has become first Chairman of SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum which is a great achievement for the country.
He said that since its inception, the NAB has received about 3,43,356 complaints from individuals and private/ public organizations. During this period, the NAB authorized 11,581 complaint verification, 7,587 inquiries, 3,846 investigations, filed 2,808 corruption references in respective accountability courts with an overall conviction ratio of about 76 percent. Since NAB’s inception, one of NAB’s major achievements has been the recovery of around Rs287.763 billion of ill-gotten money which was deposited in the national exchequer.
The figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations have almost doubled as compared to the previous years from 2014 to 2017.
Increase in the number of complaints also reflects enhanced public trusted in the NAB, he said.
He said that the NAB has devised a comprehensive partly quantified grading system in the NAB in order to review and further improve the performance of officers/officials of NAB.
Under this grading system, NAB regional bureaus are being evaluated for the last three years on annual basis at a given criteria which has proved very successful and the performance of NAB’s regional bureaus is increasing day by day due to regular monitoring and inspection.
He said that NAB is one of investigation agency of the world who has been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of all cases putting including white collar crime cases a maximum limit of 10 months- from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in the Accountability Court.
He said that NAB has organized SAARC seminar in Islamabad in which SAARC member countries including India have participated and appreciated the anti-corruption strategy adopted by the NAB in curbing corruption.