Islamabad, March 31, 2021 (PPI-OT): Honorable Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal Chairman NAB chaired a meeting to review overall performance of NAB in nabbing corrupt elements and to recover looted money in order to deposit it in national exchequer as per law. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman NAB, Prosecutor General Accountability NAB, DG Operations and other senior officers of NAB at NAB Headquarters.
During the meeting, it was informed that NAB’s Anti-Corruption Strategy starts yielding excellent results. It was informed that logical conclusion of mega corruption cases is top most priority of NAB, mega corruption are not being kept in files. Out of 179 mega corruption cases, 63 mega corruption cases have been brought to logical conclusion while 95 mega corruption cases are under trial in the learned Accountability Courts and early hearing pleas are being filed in the learned Accountability Courts as per clause 16 (a) of NAB Ordinance, 1999.
During the meeting, it was informed that according to details, Rs 4.364 billion fine had been imposed on corrupt elements in 12 mega corruption cases; various accused including Abdul Qadir Tawakal and others had been fined Rs 613 million; Ishtiaq Hussain; messers Bariq Syndicate, Rawalpindi and others were fined Rs 200 million, management of Pakistan Medical Cooperative Housing Society and land suppliers Rs 70 million; Haris Afzal son of Sher Muhammad and others Rs 1 billion; Seth Nisar Ahmed and others Rs 179.069 million; Sheikh Muhammad Afzal, chief Executive/Director Haris Steel Industry, private limited and others Rs 331 million; Raza Habib, Chief Executive officer, Mrs Shumaila, Messers Jannat Apparal, private limited Faisalabad Rs174 million; Sheikh Muhammad Afzal Rs. 435 million; management of Galaxy City Rawalpindi and others Rs 213 million; Ayaz Khan Niazi, former chairman NICL and others Rs 900 million; Syed Murid Kazim, former Provincial Minister for Revenue, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Ahsanullah; former Senior Member Board of Revenue and others Rs 200 million; Saeed Akhtar, Pakistan Railways and others Rs 3.78 million US dollars.
Also the NAB had recovered Rs 7.859 billion through voluntary return in six cases and deposited in national exchequer. Of which Rs. 1.902 billion had been recovered from Alhamra Hills and Eden Builders Management through voluntary return, Rs. 80 million had been recovered from management of Manzar Kohsar Ahbab Housing Society Mauza Jhando and others, Rs 313.308 million had been recovered from M Amjad Aziz, Chief Executive Officer, Divine Developers Private limited and others through plea bargain, Rs. 60 million recovered from Khushal Associates, Naushera and others; Rs 14 million has been recovered from Shahnawaz Marri, former Provincial Minister for Sports, Balochistan, Rs 5.5 billion was recovered in voluntary return from former Project Director Police Department, Balochistan Riaz Ahmed and the recovered amount has been deposited in the national exchequer.
The meeting was told that overall Rs 1.256 billion had been recovered from the culprits involved in four mega corruption cases through plea bargain and the recovered amount has been deposited into national exchequer. Of which Rs 300 had been recovered from Syed Masoom Shah, former special assistant to former chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and others; Rs440 million from messrs capital builders, private (new Islamabad Garden, Islamabad) and others; Rs 311 million from the management of messers Tele Town private limited and land suppliers and others; Rs 205 million from Rao Faheem Yasinm, Rao Naveed Yasin and messrs Wind mills Restaurant, Lahore, partners and others.
Chairman NAB said that NAB is committed to root out corruption in all its forms and manifestations. NAB is absolutely determined to nab corrupt elements by adopting “Accountability for All” policy through its three pronged Anti Corruption Strategy of Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement. He said that NAB’s main focus is on cases of corruption, corrupt practices, money laundering, misuse of authority, assets beyond known sources of income, cheating the public at large by housing/cooperative housing societies, fraudulent financial companies and embezzlement of state funds etc.
He said that NAB since its inception has recovered Rs. 714 billion and during the tenure of the present management from 2018 to 2020 has recovered Rs. 487 billion directly and indirectly which is a record achievement. The comparative figures for the last three 3 years are indicative of the hard work being put in by all ranks of NAB in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism, where fight against corruption is being considered as a national duty.
Chairman NAB directed all NAB officers to conduct complaint verification, inquiries and investigation within prescribed time frame on the basis of solid and incriminating evidence along with relevant details of each case. He said that NAB has established Forensic Science Lab which has facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis.
He said that reputed national and international organizations like PILDAT, Mishal Pakistan, Transparency International and World Economic Forum have indicated Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate corruption. Similarly, the Gilani and Gallup survey has indicated that 59 percent of people of Pakistan have shown confidence upon NAB.
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