Anti-corruption strategy yields results
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.