Pakistan, China will fight corruption together
‘AACA President, NAB Chairman meet
TIANGING, CHINA—Prof Cao Jianming, President of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA), Prosecutor General of Peoples Republic of China called on Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB at Tianging, China.
Chairman, NAB said that Pakistan and China are time-tested and all weather friends. Pakistan gives great importance to its relations with China. The longstanding ties between the two countries have been mutually supportive. A close identity of views and mutual interests remain the hallmark of bilateral ties. Project of various strategic economic importance are being undertaken between the two friendly countries. Anti-Corruption work will also be given importance so as to curb corruption in the under process and huge development projects between the two countries.
Chairman NAB briefed Prof Cao regarding the operational methodology of NAB encompassing enforcement, prosecution, awareness and prevention activities.
He said that NAB has prosecuted corrupts and has recovered Rs. 275.4 billion since its inception and deposited the amounts in the national exchequer NAB has taken steps to improve the performance of NAB. It is in this context that PILDAT in its report has rated NAB’s performance at 42% based on public survey.
This compares quite favorably to 29% public confidence in Police and 26% in Government officers. The rate of success of NAB’s prosecution work in all courts is approximately 75%. The recent reports of Transparency International also rated Pakistan in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 126 to 117 which is a great achievement for Pakistan due to NAB’s efforts. Chairman NAB said that 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 the Accountability Court. In order to ensure uniformity and standardization, the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for investigation officers (IOs) in vogue were reviewed and revised after a gap of 10 years in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers, a system of CIT comprising of Director, Additional Director, Investigation Officer and a Senior Legal Counsel has been put in place. This will not only lend quality to the work but also ensure that no single individual can influence the proceedings.
Prof Cao Jianming, spoke about strategic partnership between the two countries and the need for future cooperation in the field of Anti-Corruption work. In this respect, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for collaboration in Anti-Corruption work also came under discussion. He appreciated the Anti-Corruption work being done in Pakistan by NAB under the leadership of Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB.—Email percent of cities in wealthier countries.
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