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December 26, 2019

‘NAB awaiting Supreme Court's decision on BRT to complete probe’

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December 26, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Taking notice of the alleged corruption, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday said that after the Supreme Court's (SC) decision about the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (Peshawar BRT) case, the NAB Peshawar would complete its inquiry about the Peshawar BRT case as per law. The NAB chairman also directed the Director General NAB Lahore to conduct an inquiry into the alleged corruption of Rs62 billion in the Lahore Ring Road project.

Meanwhile, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has said that NAB is making serious efforts to eradicate corruption from the country by pursuing its policy of ‘Accountability for All.’

"The NAB has already set its goal of taking the cases of the corrupt, proclaimed offenders and absconders to logical conclusion as per law and ensure return of the looted money of the nation from them," he said in astatement on Wednesday. The NAB chairman said that the Bureau has recovered Rs153 billion from the corrupt elements in the last 27 months and deposited in the national exchequer, arrested 630 accused and filed 600 corruption references in 25 respected accountability courts of the country.

"The overall ratio of conviction of NAB in accountability courts is about 70 percent, which is highest as compared to any other such institution," he said. Presently, he said 1,261 references, having an accumulated value of about Rs943 billion, were in 25 different accountability courts. He said, “NAB has no affiliation with any political party, group or individual but we are affiliated with the state of Pakistan.” He said the NAB officers are performing their national duty of eradication of corruption from the country.

The chairman said the performance of the NAB has already been acknowledged by prestigious national and international institutions including Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), Mashal Pakistan, Transparency International and World Economic Forum. According to Gillani and Gallup 59 percent people of Pakistan expressed confidence over NAB, which has encouraged NAB’s officers to redouble their efforts as for eradication of corruption from the country.