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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has proposed to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to direct banks to get the message ‘Say No to Corruption’ printed on their cheques in order to aware people about the ill effects of corruption.

Corruption and bribery thrive on systemic weaknesses and the NAB aims at eliminating those weaknesses and enhancing integrity and transparency by preventing the acts of corruption and corrupt practices before happening with the help of all stakeholders, people and civil society at large, said a NAB press release on Sunday. On the directives of NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, the Bureau has started awareness and prevention campaign, besides enforcement drive to arrest the corrupt, proclaimed offenders (POs) and absconders for taken to task throughout the country. The NAB is mandated to carry out awareness and prevention functions against corruption in pursuance of section 33C NAO 1999. Under its proactive approach, the Bureau has been engaging different governmental and non-governmental organisations and civil society in the fight against corruption.

The NAB has intensified its awareness campaign against corruption and is using various platforms to spread the message.

In this context, the NAB has written a letter to the Governor of State Bank of Pakistan, which is a regulatory body of all scheduled banks, proposing that all cheques carry the message “Say No to Corruption” across the country in order to aware people about the ill effects of corruption. It may be added the NAB has already many taken steps, including signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for creating awareness amongst students of various universities, colleges and schools across the country.

Collaboration with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) - Pakistan Cricket Team Message of NAB “Say No to Corruption” before leaving for ICC World Cup 2015.

Collaboration with Pakistan Hockey Federation - the Pakistan Hockey Team joined the NAB to highlight its message “Say No to Corruption”.

Collaboration with Pakistan Television (PTV) for airing the song “Say No to Corruption”, Docu Dramas titled Khiyal Rakhna and Ghani Bukhsh Hazer Ho.

Collaboration with SNGPL, FESCO, GEPCO and IESCO to print NAB message “Say No to Corruption” from their platform in order to disseminate awareness about the ill effects of corruption. IESCO has started printing NAB message “Say No to Corruption” on 2.4 million electricity bills from February 2015. The NAB in Collaboration with PTA has disseminated the message “Say No to Corruption” to all mobile phone subscribers across the country through different mobile phone companies on the eve of World Anti-Corruption Day in order to have awareness about the ill effects of corruption. The Bureau, in collaboration with PIA, has highlighted the message “Say No to Corruption” in all flights of PIA in the country and aboard. This initiative was appreciated by all passengers travelling through PIA in a very positive way. The NAB, in collaboration with Pakistan Film Censor Board, is continuously being screened its message “Say No to Corruption” at all cinema houses of the country after the National Anthem. The Pakistan Post has specially designed and formally issued a commemorative stamp with the slogan “Say No to Corruption” to mark the World Anti-Corruption Day, which is being sold out in all the post offices of the country. With the efforts of NAB, Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) has started printing NAB message “Say No to Corruption” on all driving licences issued from ICT from March 2015. The Bureau has also invited Motorway Police to join hands with NAB in its anti-corruption drive throughout the country by printing the message on driving licences.