Chairman National Accountability Bureau’s meeting with Attorney General of China

Tianging, May 12, 2016 (PPI-OT):H.E. Prof Cao Jianming, President of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA), Prosecutor General of Peoples Republic of China called on Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB at Tianging, China. The meeting held in a very friendly atmosphere in which matters of mutual interest came under discussion.

Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman, NAB said that Pakistan and China are time-tested and all weather friends. Pakistan gives great importance to its relations with China. The long-standing ties between the two countries have been mutually supportive. A close identity of views and mutual interests remain the hallmark of bilateral ties.

Matters of various strategic economic importance are being undertaken between the two friendly countries. Anti-Corruption work will also be given importance so as to curb corruption in the under process and huge development projects between the two countries. Chairman NAB briefed regarding the operational methodology of NAB encompassing Enforcement, Prosecution, Awareness and Prevention activities.

He said that NAB has prosecuted corrupts and has recovered Rs. 275.4 billion since its inception and deposited in the national exchequer which is a record achievement. He said that NAB has been rejuvenated / reinvigorated and various initiatives have been taken to further improve the performance of NAB. It is in this context that PILDAT in its report has rated NAB’s performance at 42% based on public survey.

This compares quite favourably to 29% public confidence in Police and 26% in Government officers working. The rate of success of NAB’s prosecution work in all courts is approximately 75%. The recent reports of Transparency International also rated Pakistan in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 126 to 117 which is a great achievement for Pakistan due to NAB’s efforts.

Chairman NAB said that a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has already been devised to rationalize the workload and timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months- from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in the Accountability Court.

In order to ensure uniformity and standardization, the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for investigation officers (IOs) in vogue were reviewed and revised after a gap of 10 years in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers, a system of CIT comprising of Director, Additional Director, Investigation Officer and a Senior Legal Counsel has been put in place. This will not only lend quality to the work but also ensure that no single individual can influence the proceedings. The implementation of enforcement measures and prosecution matters is being monitored in NAB through daily, weekly and monthly reports and inspections.

H.E. Prof Cao Jianming, President of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA), Prosecutor General of Peoples Republic of China spoke about strategic partnership between the two countries and the need for future cooperation in the field of Anti-Corruption work. In this respect, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for collaboration in Anti-Corruption work also came under discussion. He appreciated the Anti-Corruption work being done in Pakistan by NAB under the leadership of Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB.

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