The Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has said that the anti-graft body believes in a transparent accountability process and seeks to address public grievances.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal while addressing a ceremony in the federal capital Islamabad said that those who have not read the NAB rules also criticize, while the NAB decides on the merits of each case from all angles.
Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal said that politicians challenge the anti-graft body chairman for debate but if there is more corruption then more cases will be registered.
Earlier NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has said that the logical conclusion of white-collar crimes and mega corruption cases is the topmost priority of the Bureau.
“The anti-graft body had received 53,643 complaints in 2019 of which 42,760 had been concluded, while it had received 48,591 complaints in 2018 out of which 41,414 were completed,” he said.
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The anti-graft body chairman said the increase in the receipt of complaints to accountability watchdog about corruption-related matters shows an increase in people’s confidence over the Bureau. He directed the regional bureaus of NAB to conduct complaint verifications, inquiries, and investigations in light of concrete evidence so that the corruption cases could be taken to a logical conclusion as per law and corrupt elements brought to justice.
The anti-graft body chairman said that in 2019, 1,308 complaint verifications were conducted, while 1,686 inquiries and 609 investigations were completed. He said the NAB recovered Rs363 billion from the corrupt elements. “The overall conviction ratio is about 68.8 percent which is an achievement as compared to other matching institutions,” he said.
Justice Javed Iqbal said the accountability watchdog has so far deposited Rs466.069 billion in the national exchequer. The NAB chairman said the new system of combined investigation team (SIT) has also been put in place to take benefit from the collective wisdom of experienced officers including the director, additional director, investigation officers, legal consultant, and land revenue experts for effective investigations. He said the NAB Rawalpindi has established a forensic laboratory having facilities of question documents and fingerprints’ analysis.