ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has called for more effective measures to eliminate the menace of corruption from society and promote transparency and accountability in the governance system. He said that corruption was a major challenge being faced by the nation and it was the collective responsibility of all segments of society to discourage corrupt practices and support the government’s efforts to eradicate corruption from the country.
He expressed these views while talking to Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Mr Justice (R) Javed Iqbal, who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today.
The Chairman presented NAB Annual Report 2020 to the President and briefed him about his organization’s performance which had recovered Rs. 323.29 Billion during 2020. He informed that NAB received 24,706 complaints and disposed-off 30,405 complaints including under-process complaints from the previous year. He further stated that NAB processed 878 complaints verifications, besides conducting 369 inquiries, 175 investigations and filed 136 references before the Accountability Courts during the past year. He apprised that the overall success ratio of prosecution was 66% during the year 2020.
Appreciating the performance of NAB, the President said that the organization had done a great job by waging a battle against corrupt elements and recovering Rs. 323.29 Billion during 2020. He emphasised the need for further intensifying efforts to ensure across the board accountability to fulfil the vision of corruption-free Pakistan. He assured the Chairman of his full support in strengthening the organization to stamp corruption out of society. It is worth stating that NAB is required to submit an Annual Report of its performance to the President under the NAB Ordinance, 1999.