Chairman NAB Admiral (Retired) Fasih Bukhari has said that “NAB intends to reach out the complaints of the general public and strengthen the regulatory and accountability system in the country”.

He also deliberated that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was contemplating broadening its scope down to district level and revamping the regulatory mechanism of the country from gross root level which has collapsed begetting corruption and corrupt practices in national institutions.

The bureau is promoting a culture of resilience through awareness activities and efforts for character building of the future generation with the help of educational institutions across the country”, he said.

Fasih Bukhari also announced that the prime minister had been approached to place the NAB under his office through cabinet division, as first step towards its autonomy; besides enabling the Bureau to reach the district level much faster than starting from the scratches.

Fasih Bukhari said that real role of NAB regarding scrutiny of candidates of national election would begin after the elections as it would be much easier for the Bureau to investigate the details of the 728 elected public representatives in National Assembly and provincial assemblies; while also deliberating that Bureau would report to ECP if any concealment was found in the details submitted by the candidates in their nomination papers.

He said that when he assumed the charge, NAB was on the verge of closure, something also disclosed by Prime Minister Gilani, regarding government’s decision to close down NAB on the floor of the National Assembly; while his (Bukhari’s) efforts of restructuring, revamping of the NAB as it was working with only 28% of its strength.

He said that NAB’s mandate was not only to recover the money from the corrupt ones, but also had the responsibility to revitalize the regulatory mechanism of the country, suggest measures to rebuild the organizations and

make them responsible to the extent that corruption could be prevented at the initial stage.

Replying to another question, he said that existing NAB was different from the Bureau of the previous tenures that had been used as political tool as the incumbent administration was focusing on the prevention and strengthening of the regulatory mechanism in the country.