Islamabad, October 05, 2015 (PPI-OT): Chairman, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Qamar Zaman Chaudry on Monday said the Bureau has recovered Rs. 18.831 billion of looted public money during last one year, bringing the total recovery to Rs. 264.4 billion. The allocation to NAB for its working since creation is Rs. 11.8 billion, which is only 4.4 % of recoveries made so far, he said this while addressing the participants of Investigators’ Basic Induction Course (IBIC‑VII) which is being organized here by Training and Research Division (T and R) NAB in cooperation with Police Training College at Sihala.
Enumerating the performance, the Chairman NAB, Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudry said numbers of applications received in 2014 were 40,077 which is double the number of 19,900 received in 2013. The increase in applications to NAB is reflective of people’s confidence in our work, he said. He said litmus test of efficiency and effectiveness of Bureau’s efforts lies in number of cases processed and added that starting with year 2014; NAB has been rejuvenated and reinvigorated.
Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudry said NAB has completed 585 inquiries during year 2014 as compared to 243 during 2013 while as many as 188 investigations were concluded in 2014 as compared to 129 in 2013. As regards, he said, the corruption references filed in respective Accountability Courts in 2014; NAB has filed 208 corruption references as compared to 135 during 2013. When it comes to recovery, NAB has recovered Rs. 5.408 billion in 2014 under Voluntary Return (VR) as against Rs. 2.7 billion in 2013. The recoveries under Plea Bargain (PB) are rather phenomenal as against just half a billion rupees in 2013; we have recovered 13.423 billion in 2014.
NAB, he said, also recovered and returned billions of rupees to victims of Double Shah, modarba scam, housing societies scams and forex companies scams etc. The Chairman said it is in this context that PILDAT in its 2014 report rated NAB’s performance at 42 % based on public survey which compares quite favourably to 29 % public confidence in Police and 26 % in government officers working. The rate of success of NAB’s prosecution work in all courts is approximately 70 %, he added. The Transparency International Report has also rated Pakistan from 175 to 126 which is a great achievement for Pakistan in the last 20 years.
Giving further details, NAB Chairman said a concept of Combined Investigation Team (CIT) has been introduced besides other initiatives to foreclose possibility of any single officer/official influencing the discharge of official business, where investigation officers as well as prosecution are working as a team for transparent, unbiased, collective investigations and decisions. He said to ensure objectivity and standardization across the board, the Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) were examined and revisited through a participative exercise spread over four months for up‑gradation and implementation.
The Chairman said corruption breeds injustice, mistrust and suspicion and also generates a false sense of insecurity. He said NAB is essentially a complaint driven organization as an exhaustive system of cognizance of cases has been formulated to standardize selection of cases for processing.
Priority is assigned keeping in view the case nature, the amount of monies involved, the social impact and number of affectees, he said and added the NAB is striving to accomplish its mission i.e. to rid nation from corruption and corrupt practices by adopting zero tolerance policy across the board. He said cases of cheating public at large and financial scams involving plundering of common man’s hard earned income and savings are being pursued by NAB, with the goal to recover the looted money and return the same to the rightful owners.
NAB has undertaken concerted efforts to prosecute the master minds of such public frauds, he said. He said starting with year 2014 which can be called basically a year of reformation and reinvigoration, the NAB has moved with new zeal and effort. The resource gap has been filled through induction of 260 officers in 2014, he said, adding that he is looking forward to trainee officers being trained here to come and further strengthen our team in field.
Congratulating the newly inducted officers, the Chairman said they have been selected through a very competitive process, a process which was as competitive, objective, transparent and fair. Out of 45,900 applicants, only 122 got selected. He said NAB is trying to create awareness amongst masses about dreadful effects of corruption in the society and it is printing NAB’s message “Say No to Corruption” on driving licenses, utility bills or ATM machines or holding seminars and workshops.
NAB, he said has given special emphases on Character Building Societies (CBS) being set up in educational institutions across the country to build an effective edifice against corruption. 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, he added.
In his welcome address, Commandant, Sihala Police Academy, Sohail Habib Tajik highlighted importance of training and said a standardized syllabus for all investigation officers for their capacity building courses has been formulated to ensure quality and uniformity. He said training is an important aspect in the capacity building as it is the cutting edge of effective job performance.
Director General (DG), Training and Research (T and R) Division, NAB Mr. Husnain Ahmad gave a presentation on training programme for Investigators Basic Induction Course 2015 and said the previous Course contents were circulated to all Regional NABs and Divisions/Wings and on the basis of input obtained, the course contents have been accordingly readjusted on modern lines.
He said necessary adjustments have been incorporated within seven Training Modules namely on Law Enforcement, Government Working, Law, Investigation, White Collar Crimes, Prevention Regime and study visits. He informed that 108 newly recruited Investigation Officers are participating in the Basic Induction Course at Police Training College Sihala. DG FIA, Country Representative of UNODC, high level officers of police and NAB attended the ceremony.
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