ISLAMABAD: Honourable Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB chaired a high level meeting of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to review the overall performance of NAB at NAB Headquarters. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman NAB, Prosecutor General Accountability, Director General Operations and senior officials of NAB.

Expressing satisfaction over the performance of the bureau, chairman NAB directed all regional bureaus of NAB to utilise all available resources to take mega corruption white collar crime cases to logical conclusion. He said out of 179 mega corruption cases 63 cases concluded by various accountability courts due to vigorous prosecution of the Bureau. whereas 95 mega corruption cases are still under trial in different accountability courts. The meeting was informed that some 1269 corruption cases having accumulative value of Rs 790 billion.Early hearing pleas are being filed in respective accountability courts under clause 16 (a) of NAB ordinance.

NAB received 15,871 complaints in 2020,approved conducting 1,681 complaint verifications, 1,326 inquiries and 496 investigations and recovered record Rs 321.4829 billion directly or indirectly from corrupt elements during the year 2020.The meeting was told that the bureau has received 487,964 complaints, conducted 15,930 complaint verifications, 10,041 inquiries, 4,598 investigation since inception. while 3,682 references were also filed during the aforementioned period. The bureau has recovered Rs 790 billion directly or indirectly from corrupt elements since bureau’s inception, which is more recovery as compared to other such anti corruption institutes. NAB has introduced a Combine Investigation Team (CIT) system in order to benefit from the experienced and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers so that quality and standard of investigations could be further improved on the basis of solid evidence.This helped improving performance.NAB has paid attention on imparting training among prosecution and investigation officers.

NAB has great regard for the business community as the business community plays a vital role in the prosperity and development of the country. NAB is a people friendly institution. The performance of NAB has been lauded by reputed national and international institutions. NAB  has become a role model for Saarc countries in eradication of corruption as Pakistan has become first chairman of Saarc Anti Corruption Forum which is a great achievement for Pakistan due to NAB. NAB is the focal organisation of Pakistan under the United National Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).Pakistan is the only country to whom China has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for eradication of corruption. Pakistan and China are jointly working for ensuring transparency in China Pakistan economic coordination CPEC projects.NAB has filed references in various accountability courts against big fish for looting people and national exchequer. Regional Bureaus have been directed to vigorously pursue corruption cases in respective accountability courts so that the law will take its own course of action.