Islamabad, February 24, 2017 (PPI-OT):A delegation of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) led by Mr. Aldo Lale Demoz, Deputy Executive Director UNODC called on Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB at NAB Headquarter.
The Chairman NAB in his welcome remarks said that NAB gives value to the contribution of UNODC for capacity building of NAB investigation officers especially training to Training of Trainers (TOT). He said that NAB is the focal institution in order to Country review of Pakistan under the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) by the Joint Reviewers held from 7-10 September 2015.
He said that all concerned Ministries/Divisions/ Departments of the Government of Pakistan including NAB (as the focal agency) provided information and details to joint reviewers in the effective implementation of UN Convention during the Country Visit of Pakistan. The purpose of the country review was to assist the Joint Reviewers of Pakistan in the country assessment of the implementation of the Articles under the Convention.
Chairman NAB said that corruption is mother of all evils. He said that corruption undermines economic development. He said Pakistan is committed to United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in eradicating corruption in all its manifestations by implementing its articles through an intensive approach of Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement. He said that the basic essence of Country Review of Pakistan was to improve the legislation for combating corruption and devise a mechanism for efficient and effective accountability, in addition to promote and review its implementation.
He said NAB during the last 16 years has received about 3, 26,694 complaints from individuals and private / public organizations. During this period, NAB authorized 10992 complaint verification, 7303 inquiries, 3648 investigations, filed 2667 corruption references in respective accountability courts and overall conviction ratio is about 76 percent.
The figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2015 to 2016. The comparative figures for the latest two and half 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.
He said that NAB’s prime focus is on cases of cheating public at large by fraudulent financial companies, bank frauds, wilful 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. 285/- billion of ill-gotten money which was deposited in the national exchequer which is a remarkable achievement of NAB.
NAB’s operational methodology comprises of complaint verification, inquiry and investigation. NAB’s officers/officials need to follow strict Code of Conduct/SOPs and merit according to law. Starting from the year 2014 which can be called basically a year of reinvigoration of NAB, we have moved with new zeal and effort.
Through detailed introspection and analysis of organizational weaknesses, overhaul of procedures and business processes, all pillars of the organization i.e. Operations, Prosecution, Human Resource Development and Awareness and Prevention have been reactivated.
He said that NAB has established its first Forensic Science Lab (FSL) in NAB Rawalpindi which has facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis. NAB has rationalized its workload and timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months – from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in the Accountability Court.
NAB has also introduced a new System of Combine Investigation Team (CIT) 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.
As per the latest report of Transparency International (TI) of 2016, Pakistan’s ranking in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has improved plus 9 points, adding that Pakistan was considering role model in South Asian countries in its efforts against corruption. This is a great achievement for Pakistan due to NAB efforts. The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) in the Pakistan as per Transparency International (TI), report was declining after 2013 due to steps taken by the present management of NAB against the corrupt. Besides TI, the independent national and International watch dogs like PLIDAT and World Economic Forum had also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to curb corruption in Pakistan.
To create Awareness against the ill effects of corruption among the youth of Pakistan, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Over 42, 000 Character Building Societies (CBSs) have been established with the help of NAB and HEC in the country in universities, colleges and schools to create awareness against corruption as youths are considered a vanguard in this fight.
NAB has emphasized on the character building of youth. More than 42 thousands Character Building Societies (CBS) have been set up in Universities/Colleges. We have set target for 2017 that the number of Character Building Societies (CBS) should reach at least at 50 thousands in order to aware students about the ill effects of corruption. He said that NAB intends to establish its own Training Academy in Islamabad in order to enhance the capacity of NAB investigation officers and Prosecutors. NAB seeks technical and professional assistance in this regard.
At the end, Mr. Aldo Lale Demoz, Deputy Executive Director UNODC appreciated the efforts of NAB under the leadership of Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry Chairman NAB in eradication of corruption and assured all possible assistance and in capacity building of NAB officers as well as establishment of Pakistan Anti-Corruption Academy in line with the vision of Chairman NAB to establish NAB training Academy at Islamabad equipped with state of the art/modern technology catering the capacity building needs of NAB investigation officers/prosecutors in order to investigate while collar crimes etc.
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