NAB role piv­otal in erad­i­ca­tion of cor­rup­tion: Za­farul­lah

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - 04:45 01:30 05:30 08:30 Sem­i­nar PAFROA meet­ing Haiku Mushaira STAFF RE­PORTER

The In­sti­tute of Strate­gic Stud­ies, Is­lam­abad (ISSI) or­ga­nized a sem­i­nar on ‘Hu­man Rights, Youth and the Is­sue of Jammu and Kash­mir’ on May 11, 2016. Reg­is­tra­tion and ar­rival of guests from 0930 to 1000 hrs.

May 14 Pak­istan Air Force Re­tired Of­fi­cers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (PAFROA) Rawalpindi and Is­lam­abad chap­ter is hold­ing meet­ing, at Of­fi­cers’ Mess, Air Head­quar­ters on Satur­day. All mem­bers and their fam­i­lies are in­vited to at­tend the meet­ing at 1700 hours and asked to in­ti­mate about their at­ten­dance to Sec­re­tary PAFROA, Sqn Ldr (Retd) Dr. Ghani R. Sabzwari on Tele­phone No - 9525811, 9280376. PAF re­tired of­fi­cers who de­sire to be­come mem­ber of the as­so­ci­a­tion are also in­vited to par­tic­i­pate.

May 18 A Haiku Mushaira will be held at Pak­istan Academy of Let­ters H-8/1, Is­lam­abad on 18th May, Wed­nes­day 0430 pm. IS­LAM­ABAD—Ad­vi­sor to Prime Min­is­ter on Law and Jus­tice Bar­ris­ter Za­farul­lah Khan Tues­day said cor­rup­tion had been rightly la­belled as mother of all ills as it gave birth to mul­ti­far­i­ous prob­lems, in­clud­ing nepo­tism and fa­voritism.

“It negates mer­i­toc­racy, trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity. Role of Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) is very im­por­tant in erad­i­ca­tion of cor­rup­tion from the coun­try,” he said while ad­dress­ing a sem­i­nar or­ga­nized by the NAB here at Na­tional Li­brary.

He said Fa­ther of Na­tion Quaidi-Azam Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah in his ad­dress to Con­stituent Assem­bly of Pak­istan had termed “cor­rup­tion a poi­son” which needed to be put down with an iron hand.

“Cor­rup­tion is not only a vice in its own right but also trig­gers a chain re­ac­tion and leads to in­jus­tice and mis­trust,” he said.

Act­ing NAB Chair­man Im­tiaz Ta­jwar said the Bureau was com­mit­ted to erad­i­cat­ing cor­rup­tion by us­ing all its re­sources across the board by adopt­ing zero tol­er­ance pol­icy.

He said NAB’s op­er­a­tional method­ol­ogy had set three stages for pro­ceed­ing of cases, in­clud­ing com­plaint ver­i­fi­ca­tion, in­quiry and in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Start­ing with year 2014 which can be called ba­si­cally a year of re-in­vig­o­ra­tion we have moved with new zeal and ef­fort. Through de­tailed in­tro­spec­tion and anal­y­sis of or­ga­ni­za­tional weak­nesses, over­haul of pro­ce­dures and busi­ness pro­cesses, all pil­lars of the or­ga­ni­za­tion i.e. Op­er­a­tions, Pros­e­cu­tion, Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment and Aware­ness and Preven­tion have been re­ac­ti­vated,” Im­tiaz added.

He said to close the pos­si­bil­ity of any sin­gle NAB of­fi­cer/of­fi­cial in­flu­enc­ing the dis­charge of of­fi­cial busi­ness, the con­cept of a “Com­bined In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team” (CIT) was in­tro­duced com­pris­ing two in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers and a le­gal con­sul­tant as a work­ing team.

He said to en­sure ob­jec­tiv­ity and stan­dard­iza­tion across the board, the Stand­ing Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dures (SOPs) were ex­am­ined and re­vis­ited through a par­tic­i­pa­tive ex­er­cise spread over four months for up-gra­da­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion. These SOPs were placed on NAB’s web­site for con­ve­nience of all in­di­vid­u­als in­ter­act­ing with NAB, he added.

Im­tiaz Ta­jwar said “the NAB has re­cov­ered Rs. 274 bil­lion since its in­cep­tion.

Around 10,000 Char­ac­ter Build­ing So­ci­eties (CBS) have been set up in Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges across the coun­try to build an ef­fec­tive ed­i­fice against cor­rup­tion. An MOU has been signed with HEC in this re­spect.

He said Na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Strat­egy (NACS) is be­ing up­graded in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Plan­ning Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan to cater fu­ture re­quire­ments.

It is en­cour­ag­ing for NAB that for the first time 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 11th five-year plan and we in­tend to work closely with Plan­ning Com­mis­sion to achieve the goals set for erad­i­ca­tion of cor­rup­tion from the so­ci­ety.

May 11

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