Annual Report 2019 of the bureau details the performance of National Accountability Bureau for the previous year
NAB recovers 141 billion rupees and complete 747 inquiries in 1 year. This revelation comes up as Chairman NAB presents his organizational Annual Report to President. Justice (R) Javed Iqbal, presented Annual Report, 2019 of the Bureau to the President Dr. Arif Alvi, at Awan-e-Sadr today.
The Chairman briefed the President about the performance of his organization which had recovered Rs.141.54 billion, besides completing 747 inquiries and 269 investigations during the year 2019. Further, he informed that the accumulative success ratio of prosecution had 68.8%.
What NAB does?
The National Accountability Bureau is Pakistan’s apex anti-corruption organization. Overall, it has the responsibility of elimination of corruption through a holistic approach of awareness, prevention and enforcement. It operates under the National Accountability Ordinance-1999. It takes cognizance of all offences falling within the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO).
For the initial three years, the focus of its functions was only at detection, investigation and prosecution of white-collar crime. Those prosecuted include politicians, public service officials and other citizens who were either guilty of gross abuse of powers, or through corruption had deprived the national exchequer of millions or resorted to other corrupt practices. In February 2002, NAB launched the National Anticorruption Strategy (NACS) project. The NACS team conducted broad based surveys, studied external models of international anti-corruption agencies and involved local stakeholder. All pillars of National Integrity System were studied in detail. After identifying the causes of corruption in each pillar, there was a comprehensive strategy and a detail action plan. Breaking away from traditional enforcement based routines NACS has recommended a comprehensive process. Relevant amendments have been made in NAO and now NAB is empowered to undertake prevention and awareness in addition to its enforcement functions.
Expressing satisfaction over the performance of NAB, the President says that the Bureau is an independent organization. He further adds that it needs to further strengthen so as to eradicate corruption from the society.