NAB recovers record Rs. 71b from corrupt elements
ISLAMABAD (News Desk): Pakistan’s corruption perception Index has come down to 116 from 175th position. According to a statement issued by National Accountability Bureau on Sunday, the performance of the bureau has been lauded by South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and it has been unanimously elected as chairman of SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum. The statement said NAB recovered 71 billion rupees through direct and indirect ways and deposited in national exchequer last year. It is worth noting that as per its election manifesto, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government initiated a crackdown against corruption immediately after taking power last year. On multiple occasions, Chairman National Accountability Bureau Justice retd.
Javed Iqbal has expressed the resolve to root out corruption from the country and taking the mega corruption cases to their rational end. The NAB chief said that the anti-graft watchdog’s corruption-free Pakistan policy was bearing fruit and that the institute would keep running active campaigns to build awareness and instilling law abidance in citizens of the country. Meanwhile, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has recovered a total of record Rs 71 billion from the corrupt elements and deposited in the national exchequer. This was informed during a meeting held here at NAB headquarters to review last 22 months performance of the bureau. According to NAB spokesman, the meeting was chaired by Chairman NAB.
The meeting noted that no example of such record recovery could be found in the corresponding 22 months, said a press release. Giving details of the recovery the meeting was told that NAB Sukkur has recovered Rs 10.656 billion; NAB Lahore Rs 31.231 billion; NAB Balochistan Rs 0.949 billion; NAB Karachi Rs 10.861; NAB Rawalpindi Rs 14.653 billion; NAB Multan Rs 2.5 billion; NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rs 0.5 billion and NAB Gilgit-Baltistan had recovered Rs 0.014 billion from the corrupt and deposited in the national exchequer. Talking on the occasion, Justice (R) Javed Iqbal said eradication of corruption from society was priority of the bureau and all resources were being utilized to achieve the goal. He directed all director generals of NAB to burn their midnight oil for eradication of corruption from society and take complaint verifications, inquiries and investigations to logical conclusion by pursuing ‘Accountability for All’.
Moreover, PPPP Senator Farooq Hamid Naek on Monday introduced a legislative proposal in the Senate, seeking amendments in the National Accountability Ordinance, (NAO) 1999. The bill the NAB (Amendment) Bill, 2019 sought amendment in section 5 to ensure that only offences of Rs 500 million or more are to be prosecuted by NAB whereas amendments in sections 9 and 14 seek to ensure that only persons in possession of wealth, acquired through corrupt, dishonest or illegal means, are prosecuted. This bill also demanded to insert new sections 33 F and 33G in National Accountability Ordinance 1999.
The newly proposed section 33F is about restriction on issuance of public statement and says that no official of NAB, in any capacity, shall make any statement in public or to the media regarding persons involved in any inquiry or investigation conducted by NAB until a reference has been filed against such persons. Another proposed section 33G defines punishment for making public statements.
It states that whoever contravenes the provisions of section 33F shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year but shall not be less than one month in any case and with a fine of Rs. 100,000. According to the Statement of Objects and Reasons, check and balances have been created by ensuring that no fishing or roving inquiry is possible and material can only be collected which pertains to the investigation or inquiry in question.