Islamabad - Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry yesterday chaired a high-level meeting to review performance of his organisation and said corruption is mother of all evils.

He said that youth is the future of Pakistan; therefore, NAB has laid special emphases on youth. He said that more than 20,000 character building societies (CBS) have been set up in universities and colleges across the country to build an effective edifice against corruption.

Chaudhry said that fighting corruption is very challenging task. Serious efforts to combat corruption have been started with this realisation that it is our collective social responsibility and it would result in common good.

The chairman said that National Accountability Bureau was established to eradicate corruption and recover looted money from the corrupt. He said the NAB is essentially a complaint-driven organisation.

The NAB’s operational methodology has set three stages for proceeding of cases complaint verification, inquiry and investigation. The NAB Officers/officials need to follow a strict code of conduct and zero tolerance policy for eradication of corruption.

He said that NAB has recovered Rs 276 billion since its inception which have been deposited in the national exchequer. He said that Transparency International and PILDAT have appreciated NAB’s performance.

He said that starting with the year 2014 which can be called basically a year of reinvigoration of NAB, the organisation has moved with new zeal and effort. Through detailed introspection and analysis of organizational weaknesses, overhaul of procedures and business processes, all pillars of the organization i.e. operations, prosecution, human resource development and awareness and prevention have been reactivated. Organogram was revisited to transform NAB into an efficient and credible organization.

The NAB chairman said that to close the possibility of any single NAB officer/official influencing the discharge of official business, the concept of a combined investigation team (CIT) was introduced where two investigation officers and a legal consultant are working as a team for a fair, transparent and unbiased, inquiry/ investigation.

He said that an effective accountability mechanism is quintessential for economic growth, investment and stability of social order. The intervention by NAB has acted as a catalyst, as transparency is prerequisite for promoting investment and economic growth. Since its inception, the NAB has adopted the enforcement based approach in its fight against corruption. Special focus is, therefore, being given to awareness and prevention activities, besides enforcement, to educate the people at large about ill-effects of corruption.