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Chairman NAB says not to take any steps to harass honest businessmen
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Chairman NAB says not to take any steps to harass honest businessmen

NAB to conduct across-the-board accountability to curb money laundering, corruption and other crimes

ISLAMABAD: Chairman NAB, honorable Justice (R) Javed Iqbal, assured that the NAB would not take any steps to create harassment in honest businessmen. A Special Desk has been established in the NAB to address the issues of the business community.

During his visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chairman NAB said business community is playing a key role in the economic development of the country and NAB would protect their genuine interests. “If a businessman has a complaint against any tax officer, he should send written complaint and NAB would take action as per law against the wrongdoer,” he added.

He assured that no discriminatory SRO would now be issued to give benefit to specific businessmen, adding that honest businessmen should focus on promoting business activities and NAB would protect their genuine interests. He said mistakes could be ignored, but crimes could not be ignored. He said debt on Pakistan including interest has crossed $100 billion, but it gave no benefit to the country.

Justice (R) Javed Iqbal said that NAB received 39728 complaints and recovered Rs.297 billion for the country. He stressed upon such housing societies, which could not complete their projects, to return the whole amount to the affectees or give them plots to avoid NAB’s action. He said NAB distributed Rs.850 million among the affectees and would continue to do more such efforts for such people.

He vowed that NAB would continue to protect the interests of Pakistan and would conduct across-the-board accountability to curb money laundering, corruption and other crimes. Talking about CDA action against encroachments, he said in the next phase, action would be taken against those who allowed such encroachments to flourish.

Speaking at the occasion, business community representatives of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that they would support NAB in its efforts to curb corruption in the country. He said Chairman NAB’s assurance for not taking any steps to harass genuine businessmen is a source of confidence for the business community. He said ICCI would never support any illegal business activity.