NAB chief for zero-tolerance policy to flush out corruption
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