ISLAMABAD -  The National Accountability Bureau has bound all regional bureaus to take decisions on any complaint within two weeks.

With the approval of NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javeed Iqbal, the NAB headquarters has sent the new guidelines to all regional bureaus for disposal of complaints strictly under the new policy. 

According to a NAB notification, “to evolve a well-based and a comprehensive mechanism and to dilate upon all the complaints with delight application of mind the following instructions must be kept in view so as to redress the genuine grievances of the complaints . The complaint be acknowledged forthwith information whereof communicated to the complainants, the complainant must be informed within a period of two weeks regarding initiation of proceedings.  After due deliberation, the complaint, if found baseless, vexatious and without having any substance, the complainant be informed accordingly regarding the rejection of the complaint.”

It said that “the complaints which do not fall within the jurisdiction domain of the NAB be sent to the quarters concerned for further necessary action as may be deemed fit and proper.”

“All the complaints regarding bribery and illegal gratification be sent to Anti-Corruption Establishment or to FIA keeping in view the nature of the allegation and accusation, further necessary action in accordance with the law. The complaints regarding highhandedness, misuse or abuse of authority be sent to the head of the concerned institution for initiation of further necessary action,” the new guidelines said.

 It further directed the complaint against officers/officials of NAB regarding corruption, CV, inquiry, and investigation shall be placed before the NAB chairman for further directions.  The complaints sent by name to the NAB chairman will be placed at first instance before the chairman for his consideration. “All the complaints pending adjudication are hereby sent for disposal in accordance with the directions as mentioned above,” it said.

Meanwhile, the NAB chairman has sought a preliminary report of the inquiry being conducted by NAB Rawalpindi against alleged corruption, leakage of different question papers and other irregularities in National Testing Service as per the complaints received to the bureau against the NTS.

The NAB Chairman had earlier ordered the Rawalpindi NAB Director-General to conduct an inquiry on receiving complaints against the NTS.  The complaints included frequent leaking of question papers, alleged corrupt practices and failure to protect interests of the students. The NAB Rawalpindi had also been assigned to probe the responsible person for allowing the NTS to conduct various examinations despite the presence of provincial and federal service commissions.

The NAB Rawalpindi had also been assigned to probe the reasons for the NTS’s failure of devising a foolproof, transparent and merit-based examination system. The allegedly non-transparent system of examination of the NTS has not only jeopardized the future of thousands of students but also squandered their precious amounts.

NAB CHIEF ASSURES MERIT-BASED APPOINTMENTS

National Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal on Tuesday assured merit-based appointments of competent candidates of Balochistan in the anti-graft body.

Talking to a delegation of Balochistan Bar Association, the NAB chief said that competent lawyers of Balochistan would be appointed in prosecution branch of the bureau as per their share on quota., said a press release issued on Tuesday.  

He said that each and every pending NAB reference would be reviewed and apprehensions of the people of Balochistan in this regard would be addressed on merit.

The delegation felicitated Justice Iqbal on his appointment as NAB chairman, and expressed good wishes for him. 

The delegation presented some demands to the NAB chairman.

They spoke about how they see as neglecting Balochistan’s quota in the NAB’s appointments, and on the issue of appointments of other provinces’ candidates in the NAB on Balochistan’s quota without any legal justification.

Furthermore, they raised the issue of Balochistan lawyers having no representation in the prosecution branch of the NAB .

The delegation also raised the issue of pending references.

The delegation demanded appointment of Balochistan residents on various posts including prosecutor general accountability, and deputy prosecutor general accountability to help end sense of deprivation among the people of Balochistan.

The NAB chief assured the delegation of resolving their issues as per law and of visiting Balochistan soon.

The delegation included Balochistan Bar Council Vice President Haji Attaullah Lango, Judicial Commission Pakistan Member Munir Ahmed Kakar, Kamal Khan Kakar, Saleem Lashari, and Nasrullah Tareen.