ISLAMABAD - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Karachi’s performance has been rated as excellent with 88 per cent operational efficiency index and recovery of Rs18.55 billion in 2015.

According to the data available with The Nation, Chairman NAB has reviewed the performance of three main bureaus, including Karachi, Rawalpindi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Among these NAB Karachi remains top of the list with outstanding performance.

NAB Chairman’s Inspection and Monitoring Team conducted annual inspection of Regional Bureaus for the year 2015. The performance of all NAB’s Regional Bureaus is being evaluated during January and February 2016 at uniform criteria. 80 per cent marks will be considered as “Outstanding/Excellent”, between 60 per cent to 79 per cent will be considered as “Very Good”, between 40 per cent to 49 per cent will be considered as “Good”, while marks less than 40 per cent will be considered as “Below Average”.

According to the data, NAB Karachi disposed of 6,798 complaints during 2015. The number of complaints disposed of in 2015 was higher than the number of complaints disposed of in 2014 or any of the previous years.

In 2015, out of 270, 214 complaint verifications were completed. Karachi Bureau out of 407 inquiries completed 328 whereas out of 240 investigations 128 investigations were completed on merit. During 2015, it has arrested 172 corrupts and filed 101 corruption references during 2015. The conviction rate was 63 per cent and recovered Rs18.55 billion during one year which is a record achievement.

Chairman NAB announced that under quantified grading system prepared by the Chairman Inspection and Monitoring Team graded NAB Karachi’s performance as excellent with 88 per cent operational efficiency index is appreciated during his last visit. Chairman NAB visited NAB KP Regional Bureau yesterday to review its performance at NAB Regional Bureau, Peshawar. NAB KP received 4,060 complaints which were all in process according to the law in 2015. NAB KP out of 359 complaints verifications (CVs), completed 279 complaint verifications. NAB KP out of 339 inquiries completed 222 whereas out of 96 investigations, completed 57 investigations during 2015. It has arrested 149 corrupts and filed 53 corruption references during last year. The conviction rate was 80 per cent of Bureau and it recovered Rs943.783 million during 2015.

Chairman Inspection and Monitoring Team graded NAB KP’s performance as Outstanding with 80 per cent Operational Efficiency Index (OEI).

NAB Rawalpindi Bureau performed worst as compared to NAB Karachi and KP bureaus. However it received more than 7,000 complaints during last year.

In 2015, NAB Rawalpindi received 7,002 complaints which were in process according to the law. NAB Rawalpindi, out of 333 complaints verifications (CVs), completed 288 complaint verifications. NAB Rawalpindi out of 229 inquiries completed 128 whereas out of 96 investigations 52 investigations were completed on merit. NAB Rawalpindi arrested 69 accused and filed 48 corruption references during 2015. The conviction rate of NAB Rawalpindi was 78 per cent and it recovered Rs1441.755 million during 2015.

Chairman Inspection and Monitoring Team graded NAB Rawalpindi’s performance as very good with 65 per cent Operational Efficiency Index (OEI).

Earlier, Chairman NAB directed the officials of NAB Rawalpindi to work hard to further improve performance. He further directed all ranks of officers of NAB Rawalpindi to work more vigilantly and diligently in order to curb corruption and corrupt practices.