ISLAMABAD - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal presided over the review meeting of NAB's collective performance over the last four years at NAB headquarters.

Lauding the performance of country’s top anti-graft body, NAB chairman said that various reforms have been introduced in NAB, and all resources are being utilised to eradicate corruption from the country.

The meeting was attended by NAB Deputy Chairman Zahir Shah, Accountability Prosecutor General Syed Asghar Haider, DG Operations Masood Alam Khan and other senior officials of NAB while Director Generals of all Regional Bureaus attended the meeting through video link. NAB chief commended the performance of all NAB regional bureaus in their efforts to bring corrupt elements to justice.

The meeting was informed that as many as 1405 accused were convicted due to effective prosecution of NAB's Operations and Prosecution Division along with all NAB’s  regional bureaus. It was further informed that from October 2017 to December 2021,   NAB recovered a total of Rs 584 billion directly and indirectly.

In addition to awareness, prevention and enforcement, the NAB has taken several steps in formulating an effective and comprehensive anti-corruption strategy based on the slogan of ‘Accountability for All’. Transparency International Pakistan, World Economic Forum, Global Peace Canada, PILDAT, and Mashal Pakistan have also appreciated NAB’s efforts whereas as per Gilani & Gallup survey, 59 percent people have expressed confidence in the NAB. At present, 1237 references of corruption are being heard in accountability courts across the country, valued at approximately Rs 1335 billion.

The total conviction rate of NAB in accountability courts is 66.8 percent. The meeting was informed that NAB has set up a combined investigation team system to further improve the quality of inquiry and investigation based on solid evidence, documentary evidence and witnesses, and to benefit from the collective wisdom of senior NAB supervisory officers.

NAB has set up Pakistan Anti-Corruption Academy at NAB headquarters to provide training to investigative officers and prosecutors on modern basis for effective follow up of NAB cases in accountability courts and investigation of white collar crimes. The NAB, as a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), has set up a cell to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

Pakistan is the first chairman of the SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum. NAB has signed a memorandum of understanding with China to monitor ongoing projects in Pakistan under CPEC.

The NAB has identified shortcomings in the procedures of various federal and provincial agencies, ministries and other government corporations, autonomous bodies, and made recommendations for measures to address the shortcomings in eradicating corruption.

NAB has set up more than 50,000 character building associations in universities across the country, which are playing a vital role in anti-corruption awareness activities.

The NAB has brought the corrupt elements to justice and recovered the looted money and deposited it in the national treasury which reflects the hard work, commitment, merit and transparency of all the officers of NAB.