600 corruption cases filed in last 22 months: NAB

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Friday said the bureau filed 600 corruption references in various accountability courts during the last 22 months.

“NAB has devised an effective anti-corruption strategy to eradicate the menace of corruption from society,” said the NAB chairman while chairing a meeting to review the performance of operation, prosecution, training, research, awareness and prevention divisions of NAB.

“The figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2018,” said Iqbal. “During the last 22 months, recovery figures showed NAB’s excellent performance. NAB recovered record Rs71 billion and deposited it with the national exchequer.

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He said that NAB introduced a new concept of Combine Investigation Team (CIT) to ensure that no single individual could influence the official proceedings of NAB.

“NAB has established state-of-the-art Forensic Science Lab at NAB Rawalpindi bureau which has facilities of digital forensics, questioned documents and fingerprint analysis which is being utilised for further improvements in the quality of inquiries and investigations in all respect,” he said. “There is a prescribed timeline of 10 months for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases from complaint verification to inquiry to investigation and finally to a reference in the accountability court.”

The chairman said that NAB had devised a comprehensive quantified grading system to further improve the performance of NAB Headquarters and all regional bureaus.

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“Under the system, NAB headquarters and regional bureaus’ performance is being evaluated on midterm and annual basis at a given criteria which has proven very successful and the performance of NAB’s regional bureaus is being increased day by day due to regular monitoring and inspection,” said Iqbal.

He said NAB signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China to oversee China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects being carried out in Pakistan, adding that NAB signed another MoU with the Higher Education Commission to create awareness among the youth about the ill effects of corruption at an early age.

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