Vienna, June 30, 2016 (PPI-OT):Mr. Muhammad Imtiaz Tajwar Deputy Chairman NAB said that NAB has adopted Zero Tolerance Policy and proactive approach to curb corruption and corrupt practices from the country. He said this while addressing an International Conference on Anti-corruption at Vienna, Austria.
He said NAB with improved infrastructure and rationalized workload, timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of case putting a maximum limit of 10 months- from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to investigation and finally to a reference in Accountability Court.
In order to ensure uniformity and standardization, the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for investigation officers (IOs) in vogue were reviewed and revised after a gap of 10 years in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers, a system of CIT comprising of Director, Additional Director, Investigation Officer and a Senior Legal Counsel has been put in place.
This will not only lend quality to the work but also ensure that no single individual can influence the proceedings. The implementation of enforcement measures and prosecution matters is being monitored in NAB through daily, weekly and monthly reports and inspections.
NAB has established its first Forensic Science LAB (FSL) in NAB Rawalpindi/Islamabad Regional Bureau. The Forensic Science LAB has facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis. NAB intends to establish NAB’s Anti-Corruption Academy at Islamabad for capacity building of NAB officers/Officials.
NAB under the dynamic leadership of Chairman NAB, Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry strongly believes in Zero Tolerance Policy across the board against Corruption. NAB’s Anti-corruption campaign is carried widely for awareness and prevention of corruption besides Enforcement. He said that NAB hopes that joint efforts of all stakeholders can collaborate to check corruption and corrupt practices before happening with the help of all stakeholders, civil society, media and people at large and bring sustainable systematic changes to the governance structure of our country.
NAB has devised a comprehensive Quantified Grading System in 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 at a given criteria on annual basis.
NAB on the directions of Chairman NAB, Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has developed an effective Monitoring and Evaluation System catering the needs of all concerned having salient features of maintenance of data at each stage including complaint entry, complaint verification, inquiry, investigation, prosecution stage and record preservation of Regional Board Meetings and ability to analyze data in qualitative and quantitative form having warnings and alarms system for violators.
NAB has adopted Zero Tolerance Policy and proactive approach to curb corruption and corrupt practices from the country. NAB during the last 16 years has received about 313,452 complaints from individuals and private / public organizations. During this period NAB completed about 6,935 inquiries, 3537 investigations and filed 2544 corruption references.
NAB’s prime focus is on cases of cheating public at large by fraudulent financial companies, bank frauds, willful bank loan defaults, misuse of authority and embezzlement of state funds by Government servants etc. Since NAB’s inception, one of NAB’s major achievements has been the recovery of around *Rs. 276.072 billion* of ill-gotten money which was deposited in the national exchequer which is a remarkable achievement of NAB.
The figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2014 to 2015. The comparative figures for the latest two years are indicative of the hard work being put in by all ranks of NAB staff in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism, where fight against corruption is being taken as a national duty. Increase in the number of complaints also reflects enhanced public trusted in the NAB.
For more information, contact:
National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
Attaturk Avenue G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-111-NAB-NAB (111-622-622)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com