ISLAMABAD - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has constituted a nine-member prevention committee to reform the civil service rules with an aim to give cover and protection to the bureaucrats who are pressured politically or otherwise to take illegal actions in the discharge of their duties, official sources told The Nation on Friday.

The committee would devise its recommendations regarding the civil service rules to check corruption of bureaucrats and other officials, it was learnt. The committee would develop a mechanism to save bureaucrats from political pressure as well as officials from bureaucratic pressure for illegal and corrupt practices, the sources added.

NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry would himself head the prevention committee for civil service reforms and Ijaz Ahmed Qureshi, former federal secretary and adviser to Wafaqi Ombudsman, would be the convener, the sources said.

Similarly, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Khawaja Zaheer Ahmed would be the observer of the prevention committee and six sitting federal secretaries, Munir Qureshi, Shahid Rashid, Javed Iqbal, Ikhlaq Ahmed Tarar, Ahmed Bux Lehri and Kamran Ali Qureshi, would be the members of the committee, the sources revealed.

This committee was constituted to come up with doable recommendations regarding reforms in the Civil Services Act as the officials and the bureaucrats would be protected from any kind of pressure with reference to misappropriations and irregularities in official activities.

According to details, NAB, as the federal watchdog, would protect the bureaucracy and officials from the pressure they have to face while discharging their official duties. Through these reforms, bureaucrats and officials would be permitted to contact NAB, the sources said.

NAB would ensure anonymity of the bureaucrats and the officials seeking any assistance from the federal watchdog regarding political and bureaucratic pressure for ill doings, they added.