ISLAMABAD - At a time of heightened tension between Pakistan and India, Indian Central Vigilance Commissioner KV Chowdary has confirmed participation in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) anti-corruption seminar in Islamabad on Monday, NAB officials disclosed yesterday.

Relations between Pakistan and India are tense due to Islamabad’s position on brutalities of Indian security forces against the innocent people of Indian Occupied Kashmir. The media had already reported that the Indian premier refused to attend the SAARC summit in Pakistan in November.

Talking to The Nation, NAB Spokesman Asim Ali Nawzish said that Chairperson of Indian CIC and other heads of anti-corruption intuitions of SAARC countries have confirmed that they would attend the three-day SAARC anti-corruption seminar from September 25-27, 2016 in Islamabad.

Earlier, Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhary has tasked his team to organise first ever seminar to strengthen cooperation and assistance among the SAARC countries and to fight against corruption in the region.

He said in order to strengthen cooperation and assistance among the SAARC countries and to join hands in the fight against corruption, NAB is organising a first ever Seminar for creation of ‘SAARC Nations Anti-Corruption Forum’.

The SAARC seminar will be held on causes of corruption in South Asia, exchange of ideas/experiences to reduce the prevailing situation of corruption, steps taken by the SAARC countries to eradicate corruption from South Asia and efforts made to aware people about the ill effects of corruption and to provide an opportunity to all SAARC countries to work together for public awareness to fight corruption which is one of the major hurdles in the way of progress and prosperity of the region, he added.

Moreover discussion on Enforcement (Investigation) and Prosecution, International Cooperation, Assets Recovery, Technical Assistance and Information sharing will also be taken place to formulate joint strategy in consultation with all the SAARC countries for creation of “SAARC Nations Anti-Corruption Forum” to fight corruption on the basis of best practices and lessons learnt, the chairman NAB said.

Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India, including Secretary General SAARC, have sent their consent to attend the first ever SAARC Seminar  for creation on corruption.