Islamabad, January 14, 2017 (PPI-OT):Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) while addressing the NAB officers/officials at NAB Headquarter said that it is encouraging for NAB that for the first time Anti-Corruption has been made a part of development agenda in Pakistan in the context of Governance. The Planning Commission of Pakistan has included a chapter devoted to issues of corruption in the 11th five year plan and we intend to work closely with Planning Commission of Pakistan to achieve the goals set in the 11th five years plan for eradication of corruption.
The Chairman NAB, Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said that corruption is not only a vice in its own right but it also triggers a chain reaction and leads to injustice and mistrust. He said NAB is essentially a complaint driven organization. NAB operational methodology has set three stages for proceeding of cases complaint verification, inquiry and investigation. NAB’s officers/officials need to follow a strict Code of Conduct and Zero Tolerance Policy against eradication of corruption on merit.
He said that starting with the year 2014 which can be called basically a year of re-invigoration of NAB, we have moved with new zeal and effort. Through detailed introspection and analysis of organizational weaknesses, overhaul of procedures and business processes, all pillars of the organization i.e. Operations, Prosecution, Human Resource Development and Awareness and Prevention have been reactivated.
He said that an effective accountability mechanism is quintessential for economic growth, investment and stability of social order. The intervention by NAB has acted as a catalyst, as transparency is a prerequisite for promoting investment and economic growth. Since its inception, NAB had adopted the Enforcement based approach in its fight against corruption. Beside Enforcement, special focus is therefore being given to Awareness and Prevention activities to educate the people at large about ill effects of corruption.
He said that youth is our asset and future of Pakistan; therefore NAB has laid special emphases on youth. More than 42 thousands Character Building Societies (CBS) have been set up in Universities and Colleges across the country to build an effective edifice against corruption. The students of various Universities and Colleges of the country regularly organize meeting of Character Building Societies (CBS) in their respective Universities and Colleges. This has proved very successful in order to aware students about the ill effects of corruption and more Universities and Colleges are joining hands with NAB in its country wide campaign against corruption.
He said that fighting corruption is a challenging task. Serious efforts to combat corruption have been started with this realization that it is our collective social responsibility; that it would result in common good and that we all are together in eradication of corruption. He said that NAB is determined to corruption free Pakistan and all the citizens of Pakistan refuse to tolerate or accept corruption as a way of life. He called upon every single member of the society to make an effort by setting their personal, professional and official conduct above any type of influence.
The Chairman NAB directed all officers/officials of NAB to adopt and demonstrate absolute fairness and transparency in discharge of their national duties. He said that I call upon the intelligentsia, the academia, civil society and media to sensitize the people about the adverse impacts of corruption on our society and economy.
At the end, Chairman NAB appreciated the performance of all officers/officials and said that NAB’s performance remained excellent for the last three years which has appreciated not only national but international watch dogs in their reports. He urged all the officers/officials of NAB to double their efforts in performance of their national duty which is eructation of corruption from the country.
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