NAB chief for zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy to flush out cor­rup­tion

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY - STAFF RE­PORTER

KARACHI—Chair­man of Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bu­reau (NAB), Qa­mar Za­man Chaudhry, has urged upon the per­son­nel of the or­ga­ni­za­tion to fol­low a strict code of con­duct and a ‘zero- tol­er­ance pol­icy’ for erad­i­ca­tion of cor­rup­tion. He was ad­dress­ing of­fi­cers of NAB dur­ing his visit to the Karachi of­fice, says a state­ment is­sued on Tues­day.

The NAB chief pointed out that Fa­ther of the Na­tion Quaid-e-Azam Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah in his ad­dress to the Con­stituent Assem­bly of Pak­istan had termed “One of the big­gest curses... is bribery and cor­rup­tion. That re­ally is a poi­son. We must put it down with an iron hand. The NAB chief fur­ther stated that cor­rup­tion also trig­gers a chain re­ac­tion and leads to in­jus­tice and mis­trust.

He pointed out that the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bu­reau was es­tab­lished to fight and erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion in a holis­tic and in­te­grated man­ner. This is the back­drop against which NAB is striv­ing to ac­com­plish its mis­sion i.e. to rid the na­tion from cor­rup­tion and cor­rupt prac­tices.

NAB is es­sen­tially a com­plaint driven or­ga­ni­za­tion. Its op­er­a­tional method­ol­ogy has set three stages for pro­ceed­ing of cases—com­plaint ver­i­fi­ca­tion, in­quiry and in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Qa­mar Za­man fur­ther stated that NAB’s per­son­nel need to fol­low a strict Code of Con­duct and zero tol­er­ance pol­icy against erad­i­ca­tion of cor­rup­tion.

He said that start­ing with the year 2014 which can be called ba­si­cally a year of rein­vig­o­ra­tion of NAB, we have moved with new zeal and ef­fort. Through de­tailed in­tro­spec­tion and anal­y­sis of or­ga­ni­za­tional weak­ness, over­haul of pro­ce­dures and busi­ness pro­cesses, all pil­lars of the pre­ven­tion have been re­ac­ti­vated.

He said that NAB has been re­ju­ve­nated and rein­vig­o­rated. It has re­cov­ered Rs. 276 bil­lion since its in­cep­tion.

He said that NAB pre­am­ble em­pha­sizes on re­cov­ery of looted money if ac­cused is will­ing to re­turn the same. The Vol­un­tary Re­turn (VR) in fact at the time of in­quiry which is the ini­tial stage of prob­ing of a case. If the ac­cused is will­ing to pay prin­ci­pal amount plus Ki­bor rate, he is within his rights un­der the law to do so. NAB eval­u­ated his re­quest with ap­pro­pri­ate guar­an­tees. The case is pre­sented in the Re­gional or Cen­tral Ex­ec­u­tive Board for con­sid­er­a­tion and ap­proval of the Chair­man. If re­quest is con­sid­ered un­sat­is­fac­tory, same is re­jected and case is pro­cessed for fur­ther ac­tion.

Qa­mar Za­man Chaudhry, Chair­man Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bu­reau ad­dress­ing NAB of­fi­cers dur­ing a visit to NAB Karachi.—APP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.