Pak­istan, China will fight cor­rup­tion to­gether

‘AACA Pres­i­dent, NAB Chair­man meet

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

“Ur­ban air pol­lu­tion con­tin­ues to rise at an alarm­ing rate, wreak­ing havoc on hu­man health,” Maria Neira, the head of WHO’s depart­ment of pub­lic health and en­vi­ron­ment, said in a state­ment.—APP

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