Islamabad - The chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) discussed future roadmap of joint efforts between NAB and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime with a delegation of UNODC for inclusion of anti-corruption agenda in UNODC annual programme for the years 2016-2018.

He said that NAB is working to sign MoU with UNODC in this regard. The UNODC delegation was led by César Guedes, Representative of UNODC in Pakistan, and it called on Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry here at NAB Headquarters on Friday.

The chairman NAB said corruption is an insidious plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies. It undermines development and rule of law and is breeding ground for organized crimes in the society, perpetuates inefficiencies in the system and therefore spearheads regress.

He said NAB has established its first forensic science lab in NAB Rawalpindi/Islamabad with the assistance of Australian federal police.

The forensic science lab has facilities of digital forensics, questioned documents and fingerprint analysis. The NAB intends to have assistance from UNODC for provision of equipment for forensic science lab. He also sought help in establishment of NAB’s anti-corruption academy at Islamabad for capacity building of NAB officers/officials. He thanked UNODC for provision of 300 standees and pamphlets with NAB message against corruption. He said NAB is organizing an anti-corruption walk on 10th March, 2015 at Aiwan-e-Sadr. He invited UNODC to participate in this walk.

César Guedes said Pakistan is a key country and UNODC gives priority to its interaction with NAB. He said that anti-corruption is very challenging task. He appreciated the efforts of NAB in curbing corruption, especially its awareness camping in order to awaken people about the ill effects of corruption. He said that UNODC intends to work with NAB to curb corruption and hoped that during the coming Annual Country Plan of UNODC for Pakistan, NAB’s point of view will be duly conveyed to all stakeholders and assistance to NAB for Anti-Corruption activities at national level will be given due significance, besides Criminal Justice and Anti-Narcotics. He assured participation of UNODC and ACAG, UN Organization Representatives and representatives of officials of foreign missions to join anti-corruption walk scheduled at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The chairman NAB said the recent report of Transparency International (TI) rated Pakistan’s efforts for eradication of corruption as very laudatory in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) rated Pakistan at 126 out of 175 which is a great achievement for Pakistan since 1995 due to NAB’s efforts. The PILDAT report for the last year also supports the position stated above as 42% people trusted NAB against 30 % for police and 29% for government officials.