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January 15, 2020

NAB’s Awareness Strategy appreciated by World Economic Forum

Islamabad

 
January 15, 2020

Islamabad : National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal chaired a meeting to review Awareness and Prevention Strategy of NAB at NAB Headquarters.

The chairman said that NAB’s awareness strategy has appreciated by World Economic Forum in its Global Competitive Index Report in order to aware people about the ill effects of corruption appreciated in Global Competitive Index report of World Economic Report 2019 which is an honor for Pakistan and NAB, says a press release.

The chairman said that NAB is mandated to carry out Awareness and Prevention functions against corruption in pursuance of Section 33-C of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO). He said that NAB’s awareness and prevention strategy remained very successful in 2019 in order to aware people about ill effects of corruption. Under NAB’s awareness and prevention strategy, nab has been engaging different governmental, non-governmental organizations, media, civil society and other segments of society to join hands with NAB’s awareness and prevention efforts in order to aware people especially students in universities/colleges at an early age. He said that as per the positive feedback received from various segments of society, NAB’s Awareness and prevention efforts have been effectively highlighted by NAB’s media wing free of cost in print, electronic and social media throughout the country which has been appreciated by all segments of society. He said that the present management of NAB has taken various measures to check corruption and to nab corrupt elements, proclaimed offenders and absconders. During the two years, NAB has recovered Rs158 billion through direct and indirect from corrupt elements and filed 630 corruption references in respected Accountability courts. The recovery made by NAB was then returned to thousands of effectees and some government departments but not a single rupee has been received by any NAB officer/official as they are considering eradication of corruption from the country as their national service.

He said that NAB’s top most priority is logical conclusion of mega corruption cases by adopting ‘Accountability for All’ policy to eradicate corruption from Pakistan by using all its resources. He said that due to NAB’s proactive awareness and prevention strategy today, NAB has become a vibrant and reputable organisation. Reports and Surveys of different reputable national and international organisations like PILDAT, Mishal Pakistan, Transparency International, World Economic Forum and Gallup and Gilani survey in which 59 per cent people have shown their confidence on NAB’s performance, testifies people’s confidence and trust of people upon NAB’s performance across the board as per law. NAB has not only opened its door for citizens related to their corruption related complaints but received double complaints in last year in 2019 related to corruption as compared to the previous year.

In order to address problems of business community, NAB has established a separate cell at NAB Headquarters and a Director has been made head of that cell.

He said that NAB has established more than 65 Prevention Committees throughout the country in order to identify loopholes and suggest ways and means in consultation with concerned departments to ease out their service delivery systems in order to address the problems of people at large which proved very successful in identify loopholes and thus their solutions with consultation. Due to NAB’s efforts and coordination with various public government departments, service delivery especially one window operations of CDA and ICT have been improving gradually.