ISLAMABAD - Chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari on Friday warned the NAB officials that any clue of corruption within the bureau would not be tolerated and all regions should evolve a strong mechanism for internal monitoring to improve efficiency of the institution.

He made these remarks while addressing the participants of a two-day Conference of NAB. During the moot, all the participants reiterated common determination of all participants that they would continue to pursue the cases of corruption and ensure effective monitoring of the regulators to break the nexus of corrupt practices in the country. 

The NAB Chairman chaired the conference where the participants deliberated upon the performance of operation and prevention wings of the organization and reviewed measures to improve the efficiency of both.

On the occasion, Bokhari said that the bureau would focus on completing ongoing investigations and mega corruption cases would be taken up. He said that those departments found violating relevant rules would be taken to task and bureau would intervene for streamlining the regulatory mechanism in the country which is on the verge of collapse and needs major overhauling.

The NAB DGs conference agreed that the Bureau should have its own police force for effective security and field operations. The conference asked the Director General NAB Sindh to develop an implementation mechanism for having NAB’s own force detailing size, needs and expenditure involved in this regard. He would also present proposal for requirements and purchase of the weapons for security and operations of NAB.

The conference was apprised that NAB was facing problems in execution of its mandated assignments in absence of a dedicated force for security and operations. The Police cadre of the Bureau would help to cope with these problems by strengthening indigenous security system and improving operations.

The conference also decided to establish a pool of experts for the NAB headquarters and the regional NAB headquarters (HQs) to monitor irregularities in the working of government organizations particularly focusing on loans and bank frauds, customs duties evasion, Sales Tax/ Income Tax misappropriations, SROs and Financial Publications and utilities default, etc. The experts would be hired on contract basis and as well as on assignment basis. The NAB would also monitor the budgets of mega projects at provincial and federal level. The Bureau has also decided to revive its informer setups to unveil corruption in line with international the practices. It was decided that a national witness protection program would be evolved benefiting from the experiences of the international organizations as well as consultation with other investigation agencies of the country.

The conference decided that the lower limit for taking notice of cases of corruption by NAB, currently set at Rs. 50 million, should be lifted. Cases of mega corruption cases would, however, receive priority, while minor cases would be transferred to the other investigation and anti corruption agencies with the direction that the bureau must be kept apprised on progress constantly.