National Accountability Bureau’s clarification regarding promotion of its officers

Islamabad, March 14, 2013 (PPI-OT): Apropos to the news stories published in various print and electronic media regarding promotion of NAB officers from grade-20 to 21 and posting of few of them to Pakistan’s Missions abroad as ‘Accountability Attachés’; while it is the prerogative of media to speculate about all activities within NAB, NAB would like to offer two clarifications:

1. Firstly, the officers promoted from BS-20 to 21 were promoted in accordance with the terms and conditions of service applicable to NAB. In this context, it may be pointed out that prior to this most recent promotion board, all officers of grade-21, whether from the armed forces or civilian bureaucrats, were direct inductees. This is the first time that officers absorbed in the NAB, whether civilian or military, have been given the opportunity of being elevated to grade-21.

2. The concept of ‘Accountability Attaché’ has been under consideration periodically since 2002. The ongoing attempt to recover Tauqir Sadiq and bring him back to the country, brought this deficiency starkly into light. Consequently, NAB decided to initiate proceedings to obtain sanction from the government, which has since been received.

The countries selected for posting of ‘Accountability Attaches’ was not at random. NAB selected those countries where most Pakistani criminals tend to gravitate when they are under investigation and / or where they frequently stash ill-gotten gains. Therefore, the perceptive will note that many other far more attractive countries like Japan, Canada and other European countries, have been omitted from this list where Accountability Attaches are likely to be sent.

Finally, it is also pointed out that all new inductees in NAB will go through a probation period and, based on performance, would be adjusted subsequently without prejudice to the rights and seniority of permanent officers.

For more information, contact:
National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
ATTATURK AVENUE G-5/2, Islamabad
Tel: 051-111-NAB-NAB (111-622-622)
Fax: 051-9214502-03

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