NAB to decide white collar crime cases in 10 months, says Justice Javed

By: News Desk      Published: 11:27 PM, 28 Jun, 2020
NAB to decide white collar crime cases in 10 months, says Justice Javed

NAB Chairman Justice (R) Javed Iqbal has said the bureau is the only institution in the world that has set a timeframe of 10 months to conclude white collar crime cases.

In a statement here on Sunday, he said that NAB was committed to taking mega corruption white collar crimes cases to their logical end by adopting “Corruption free Pakistan” policy. He said the number of complaints received in 2019 was double than the number of complaints received in 2018. The number of complaints in 2019 stood at 53,643. Of which, 42,760 complaints were processed. Similarly, action was taken on 41,414 complaints out of 48,591 complaints received in 2018.

In 2019, the bureau had conducted 1,308 complaint verifications, 1,686 inquiries, 609 investigations and recovered Rs241.542 billion from corrupt elements. Likewise, the bureau has recovered Rs466.069 billion since year 2,000, according to the bureau’s annual report of 2019.

He said that NAB has introduced a new concept of Combined Investigation Team (CIT) consisting of director, additional director, investigation officer and a senior legal counsel to utilise their collective wisdom. The cumulative success ratio of NAB was 68.8 percent in 2019 with 1,983 successful disposal of cases. The NAB has established a state of the art Forensic Science Laboratory in Rawalpindi. In 2019, 15,747 questioned documents and 300 thumb impressions were analysed in 50 cases and forensic analyses were carried out on 74 digital devices (laptops, mobile phones, hard disks, etc). A total of 1,219 corruption references involving over Rs900 billion are under trial in different accountability courts, he said.

Justice Javed said that absconders and proclaimed offenders would be arrested and taken to task as per law after recovering looted money from them. He said that NAB is fully geared up to eradicate corruption from the society. He directed all Regional Bureaus of NAB to file applications in respected accountability courts for early disposal of corruption references.

He directed all prosecutors to pursue the cases with full preparation on the basis of solid and incriminating evidence and take corruption references to their logical conclusion. He said that today reputed national and international organisations are lauding NAB’s efforts under the dynamic leadership of Justice Javed Iqbal.

NAB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Higher Education Commission to educate the youth about the ill effects of corruption at an early age. More than 50,000 Character Building Societies have been established in colleges and universities of the country. A central library has been established at NAB Headquarters. Keeping in view the requirements of officers, 1,038 books and journals etc. are available at the central library. Additionally, an e-library having 30,000 electronic books on various subjects is also available for NAB officers/officials.

The NAB chairman directed all DGs of NAB to conduct all complaint verifications, inquiries and investigations on the basis of solid evidence. He expressed the hope that joint efforts of all stakeholders could make Pakistan corruption free. This is NAB’s faith and for this purpose NAB officers are working hard with commitment, dedication and professionalism with the aim to rid the country of corruption.