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May 4, 2013

NAB to have own police force

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AFP
May 4, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to have its own police force for effective security and field operations. The decision was taken in the two-day conference of NAB director-generals chaired by Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari, which deliberated on the performance of operation and prevention wings of the organisation and reviewed measures to improve the efficiency of both.
The conference asked the Director General NAB Sindh to develop an implementation mechanism for having NAB’s own force detailing size, needs and expenditure involved in this regard. He was also was assigned to present proposal for requirements and purchase of the weapons for security and operations of NAB.
The conference was informed that NAB was facing problems in the execution of its mandated assignments in the absence of a dedicated force for security and operations. The police cadre of the bureau would help to cope with these problems by strengthening indigenous security system and improving operations.
The conference, which concluded on Friday, expressed the determination of all participants that they would continue to pursue cases of corruption and ensure effective monitoring of the regulators to break the nexus of corrupt practices in the country.
Addressing the concluding session of the conference chairman NAB Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari said the bureau would focus on completing the ongoing investigations and mega corruption cases would be taken up.
He said corruption within NAB would not be tolerated and directed all regions to evolve a strong mechanism for internal monitoring to improve efficiency.
He said that those departments found violating the relevant rules would be taken to task and the bureau would intervene for streamlining the regulatory mechanism in the country which is on the verge of collapse.
The conference also decided to establish a pool of experts for the NAB headquarters and the regional NAB headquarters to monitor

irregularities in the working of government organizations, particularly focusing on loans and bank frauds, customs duties evasion, sales tax/ income tax misappropriations, SROs and financial publications.