Anti-cor­rup­tion strat­egy yields re­sults

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Qa­mar Za­man Chaudhry, Chair­man Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB), has said that an ef­fec­tive anti-cor­rup­tion strat­egy yielded re­sults in 2015 and it will con­tinue in 2016.

The NAB chair­man said that it was en­cour­ag­ing that for the first time the anti-cor­rup­tion has been made a part of de­vel­op­ment agenda in Pak­istan in the con­text of gov­er­nance.

“The Plan­ning Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan has in­cluded a chap­ter de­voted to is­sues of cor­rup­tion in the 11th five-year plan and we in­tend to work closely with the com­mis­sion to achieve the goals,” the NAB Chair­man said.

The NAB pros­e­cuted cor­rupt el­e­ments and re­cov­ered over Rs4.5 bil­lion looted money dur­ing the last one year, bring­ing the to­tal re­cov­ery to date to Rs265.12 bil­lion.

Last year the NAB filed 12 ref­er­ences in the Rs22 bil­lion Mo­darba scam and re­cov­ered over Rs 1bil­lion from the ac­cused in­volved in the scam. NAB also ar­rested 33 ac­cused in the case.

Dur­ing the last year, the NAB also filed nine ref­er­ences in the Rental Power Pro­ject case in re­spec­tive ac­count­abil­ity courts.

On the di­rec­tives of the NAB Chair­man a stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure (SOP) has al­ready been de­vised to ra­tio­nal­ize the work­load and time­lines have been pre­scribed for ef­fi­cient, ef­fec­tive and ex­pe­di­tious dis­posal of cases putting a max­i­mum limit of 10 months from com­plaint ver­i­fi­ca­tion to in­quiry to in­ves­ti­ga­tion and fi­nally to a ref­er­ence in the ac­count­abil­ity court.

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