ISLAMABAD - Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry on Thursday took serious notice of the alleged corruption of Rs. 2.5 billion in Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU).

NAB said in a statement, former Vice Chancellor (VC) of Allama Iqbal Open University Nazeer Ahmad, former Registrar Mohammad Bashir, Head of Physics Department Dr. Zafar Ilyas and Dr. A. Naeem of Social Sciences Department were found involved in the alleged corruption. The accused persons had allegedly made money from development work, transport, recruitment and by selling recycle papers.

While taking the notice of the alleged corruption of Rs. 2.5 billion in AIOU, the Chairman NAB directed Director General NAB Rawalpindi Zahir Shah to look into the matter and submit report within seven days.

Earlier, addressing a seminar on Budgetary Allocation and the Role of Anti-Corruption Agencies at NAB Bureau, DG NAB Zahir Shah said that NAB was committed to eradicate corruption across the country by using all its resources. He said the menace of corruption leads to injustice, lawlessness and creates a sense of insecurity, hopelessness and despondency.

He said NAB under the leadership of Chairman NAB has chalked out a comprehensive National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) besides Enforcement, Awareness and Prevention Strategy. Under this strategy, NAB has recovered Rs 262 billion since its inception and deposited in national exchequer. NAB received 270,675 complaints, authorized 5872 inquiries, 2908 cases were converted into investigations and 2159 references were filed in different Accountability Courts throughout the country.