An amount of Rs.15.194 Billion looted through corruption & corrupt practices has also been recovered through Plea Bargain – DG NAB
Since its inception in the year 1999, National Accountability Bureau (NAB-K) has received more than 96000 complaints of which 2297 inquiries and 1176 Investigations have been authorized and 919 References have been filed.
During this period, an amount of Rs.15.194 Billion looted through corruption & corrupt practices has also been recovered through Plea Bargain. Moreover, an amount of Rs.341 Billion has also been recovered indirectly in the form of restoration of State land etc.
This was disclosed by DG NAB Karachi, Javed Akbar Riaz, in his address at a seminar organized by NAB Karachi on the subject of “Corruption Free Society- A Progressive Society” on the eve of International Anti-Corruption Day, at Governor House, Karachi.
DG NAB Karachi briefly highlighted the performance of the Bureau for the year 2022. During the current year, NAB Karachi disposed of 4396 complaints, 26 CVs, 10 inquiries, and 05 investigations. Moreover, 43 accused persons were arrested and 07x References have been filed in the Accountability Courts in Karachi and Hyderabad. On recovery side, the Bureau has made direct recoveries of over Rs.430 million during the year 2022. He further said, lodging of large number of complaints shows an overwhelming response of general public which reflects a sign of trust shown by public in performance and delivery by NAB Karachi.
The DG NAB highlighted the efforts & importance of Awareness & Prevention in raising awareness against corruption. The Awareness & Prevention Wing of NAB Karachi established Character Building Societies (CBS), held series of lectures, declamation contests, and poster painting competitions at different Schools, Colleges and Universities falling in the jurisdiction of NAB Karachi. DG said that NAB Karachi over the past few years has geared up its operations against the corrupt and has been performing exceptionally well. He further added that presently, NAB (K) is investigating mega cases of corruption involving billions of rupees.
Besides, he further informed that NAB (K) is also involved in the eradication of systematic corruption through Preventive mode under provision of section 33 (B & C) of NAO-1999 through constitution of Prevention Committees on areas more prone to corruption. These committees consists of relevant stakeholders and assigned the task to draft best possible recommendations for brining reforms and simplifications in existing Rules and Procedures. In this regard, recommendations prepared by NAB (K) on Revenue & Health Department are at implementation stage. Recommendations on Education Department, Co-operation Department and Private Housing sector are at final stage.
Merit certificates were given to officers/officials of NAB Karachi in recognition of their best performance in the year 2022. Certificates and cash prizes were also distributed among the top winner students of declamation contest on anti-corruption theme that was held in English, Urdu and Sindhi language throughout colleges of Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas Divisions. The 3 winner students of declamation contests namely Ms. Wajeeha Shah from Sir Syed Girls College Karachi, Owais Ali from Govt. College Kali Mori, Hyderabad, Kainat Sanjrani from Gvot. Girls Degree College Hyderabad held in English, Urdu and Sindhi Languages respectively also delivered their speeches on the occasion.
Guest speakers Prof. Dr. Huma Baqai, Rector, Millennium Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship (MiTE), Mr. Muhammad Ahmed Shah, President Art Council of Pakistan, Ghulam Nabi Memon, Inspector General of Police, Sindh, also spoke on the occasion and appreciated the efforts of NAB in curbing corruption. (PR)