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Chairman says NAB committed to wipe out corruption

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (R) Javed Iqbal said that corruption is cancer which is a silent killer and NAB is absolutely committed to rooting out corruption in all its forms and manifestations with iron hands.

“The corruption is a major hurdle in the way of progress and prosperity of the country depriving deserving person of its due right on merit. The overall performance of NAB remained excellent as compared to other anti-Corruption Organisations,” he said while chairing a meeting at NAB Headquarters to review performance of NAB Operations and prosecution division.

He said that complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2017 to 2018 which shows trust enhanced upon NAB due to its “Accountability for All” policy across the board.

He said that NAB has 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 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 of NAB,” he said.

He said that NAB has devised monitoring and evaluation system to track implementation and outputs systematically, and measure the effectiveness of performance which helps in enhancing the operational, monitoring and evaluation capabilities of NAB.

The NAB chairman said that monitoring and evaluation System provides the necessary data to guide strategic planning and helps improving performance and achieving results to improve current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact.

He said that monitoring and evaluation system (MES) is an important management tool to track progress, and it facilitates in decision making as well as establishes links between the past, present and future actions.

He said that NAB is absolutely committed to working transparently, fairly, professionally and on merit for a 100 % corruption free Pakistan in accordance with law.

The NAB chairman said that Pakistan is considered as role model for Saarc countries in eradication of corruption due to NAB’s efforts, and Pakistan is the only country whose corruption perception index (CPI), according to Transparency International Report, has been decreased from 175 to 116. “Pakistan is the first Chairman of Saarc Anti Corruption Forum which is great achievement for Pakistan,” he said.

Justice (R) Javed Iqbal said today NAB is the only organisation of Pakistan which has established 55 thousands character building societies of students throughout the country in order to aware our youth which is our future about the ill effects of corruption at an early age.