Plea bargain is deemed conviction. A plea bar gainer lost honour in society 

Islamabad, October 28, 2021 (PPI-OT):Corruption is the main challenge being confronted by the country posing a potential hurdle to the progress and prosperity of the country. The National Accountability Bureau was established in 1999 to eradicate corruption and recover looted money from corrupt elements and deposit in the national exchequer.

The incumbent chairman Honourable Justice Javed Iqbal soon after assuming the charge of Chairman NAB adopted the policy of “Accountability for All.” NAB under the dynamic leadership of Chairman NAB worked hard and apprehended untouchables/big fish first time in the history of Pakistan, besides recovering a whopping Rs. 539 billion directly and indirectly in 4 years from Oct 2017 to Oct 2021 and Rs.819 billion from the corrupt directly and indirectly since its inception which is a record achievement.

Chairman NAB not only vowed to ensure accountability of all but also successfully implemented his policy across the board. He has persistently monitored the performance of NAB Headquarters as well as all Regional Bureaus of NAB. NAB had already fixed ten months’ time to complete the process of initiating complaint verification, inquiries and investigations to filing a reference.

NAB has further activated prosecution and operation divisions of NAB by appointing new investigation officers and law officers and providing them training on modern lines in order to inquire and pursue all mega corruption cases vigorously in learned Courts. Due to this reason, NAB’s overall conviction ratio is about 66.8 percent.

Honourable Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB has said that an accused can apply for a plea bargain as per clause 25-B of NAB Ordinance. NAB after receipt of plea bargain request, examines the plea bargain request and determines liability of the accused on the basis of his looted money. After determination of total liability of the accused;

NAB submits the request of Plea Bargain of the accused after approval of the competent authority along with his total liability for final approval of the Learned Accountability Court as per law. The learned Accountability Court finally approves the request for a plea bargain of the accused. After approval of the plea bargain of the accused from the learned Accountability Court, Plea bargain is deemed conviction.

The accused requesting a plea bargain not only confesses his guilt in writing before the learned Accountability Court but also agrees to return looted money in accordance with his/her liability finally approved by the learned Accountability Court as per law.

Plea Bargain is prevalent in the USA, UAE and other countries of the world. In the plea bargain the accused only does not go to jail but he faced all other punishments under the relevant laws applied on the culprit. A plea bar gainer lost honour and dignity in society. After approval of a plea bargain, the Govt servant is removed from service in accordance with law. The amount recovered from a plea bargain is deposited in the national exchequer as per law.

NAB always believes in absolute transparency, professionalism and merit as per law. During the tenure of the present Chairman NAB Honourable Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, NAB has become a vibrant organization and its reputation and image has been increased manifold due to its Accountability for All policy and across the board actions against corruption.

The credit of the success of NAB goes to the present management of NAB and his team who consider elimination of corruption as their national duty. On the direction of Chairman NAB, all concerned have been asked to ensure self-respect of every person visiting NAB offices as NAB is a human friendly organization which always believes to work in accordance with law.

As per Gillani and Gallup Survey, 59 percent people have shown trust upon NAB besides NAB’s performance have been appreciated by reputed National and International organizations like; Transparency International, World Economic Forum, Global Peace, Canada, PILDAT and Mishal Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
Attaturk Avenue G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-111-NAB-NAB (111-622-622)
Fax: +92-51-9214503
Email: chairman@nab.gov.pk, infonab@nab.gov.pk
Website: www.nab.gov.pk

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