ISLAMABAD: Honorable Justice Mr. Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB reviewed latest progress on NAB’s Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement policy on ”OUR FAITH-CORRUPTION FREE PAKISTAN” at NAB headquarters.
The Chairman NAB said that NAB is mandated to carry out Awareness and Prevention functions against corruption in pursuance of Section 33C of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO). He said that NAB’s awareness, prevention and enforcement policy on “OUR FAITH-CORRUPTION FREE PAKISTAN” remained very successful till to date in order to aware people about ill effects of corruption. Under NAB’s Awareness, Prevention and effective Enforcement policy across the country, NAB has been engaging different Governmental, Non-Governmental Organizations, media, Civil Society and other segments of society to join hands with NAB’s awareness and prevention efforts in order to aware people especially students in Universities/Colleges at an early age. He said as per the positive feedback received from various segments of society, NAB’s Awareness and prevention efforts have been effectively highlighted by NAB’s media wing free of cost in print, electronic and social media throughout the country which has appreciated by all segments of society. He said that the present management of NAB has taken various measures to check corruption and to nab corrupt elements, proclaimed offenders and absconders.
He said that NAB’s top most priority is to eradicate corruption from Pakistan by using all its resources. He said that due to NAB’s proactive anti-corruption strategy “Accountability for All” today, NAB has become a vibrant and reputable organization. Reports and Surveys of different reputable national and international organizations like PILDAT, Mishal Pakistan, Transparency International, World Economic Forum and Gallup and Gilani recent survey in which 59 percent people have shown their confidence on NAB’s performance, testifies people’s confidence and trust over NAB’s performance across the board as per law. NAB has not only opened its door for citizens related to their corruption related complaints but received not only 44315 complaints which were thoroughly scrutinized in complaints scrutiny committees but on the basis of prima ficia evidence, 1713 complaints converted into complaint verifications which were again scrutinized and after obtaining point of view of all concerned, converted into 877 inquiries and subsequently 227 investigations were ungraded. On the basis of across the board accountability, NAB has not only filed 600 corruption reference during the tenure of present management of NAB but also recovered Rs. 4300 million from corrupt elements which is record achievement. The recovery made by NAB was then returned to thousands of effectees and some government departments but not a single rupee has been received by any NAB employee as they consider their duty as national service. In order to address problems of business community, NAB has established a separate cell at NAB Headquarters and a Director has been made head of that cell.
He said that NAB has established 60 Prevention Committees throughout the country in order to identify loopholes and suggest ways and means in consultation with concerned departments to ease out their service delivery systems in order to address the problems of people at large which proved very successful in identify loopholes and thus their solutions with consultation. Due to NAB’s efforts and coordination with various public government departments, service delivery especially one window operations of CDA and ICT have been improving gradually.
The Chairman NAB said that youth is our future. In order to aware youth about the ill effects of corruption, we have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with HEC to students in colleges/universities throughout the country to create awareness against corruption as youths are considered a vanguard in this fight. NAB has emphasized on the character building of youth. The concept of establishment of Character Building Societies (CBS) in colleges and universities remained also very successful and more than 50 thousands Character Building Societies (CBS) in colleges/universities have been established. Honorable Justice Mr. Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB has reiterated his firm resolve to eradicate corruption from country with iron hands for corruption free Pakistan. He hoped that collected efforts of all stakeholders could materialize this dream of corruption free Pakistan into reality.