Islamabad - Chairman National Accountability Bureau Justice (R) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday said that the accountability watchdog would focus on taking action against big fish.

He was addressing a ceremony wherein he distributed looted money of 175 affected people of nine different housing societies. He said that corruption was a curse, adding that fighting such menaces was tantamount to waging Jihad.  The chairman NAB said that he had made it clear in his first address immediately after assuming the responsibilities that the NAB would utilize all its resources to recover the looted money from cooperative and private housing societies.

He said that evil forces seemed to be powerful without having any solid footings. He said that righteous person has to win as honesty was bound to prevail ultimately. Reiterating the firm resolve of NAB to ensure nabbing the mighty, the chairman said that out of 179 mega corruption cases, the Bureau had filed 96 corruption references in the relevant accountability courts. The remaining cases would soon be steered to their logical conclusion, he added.

He said that various cooperative and private housing societies had neither allotted plots to investing poor people, widows, government pensioners and orphans, nor returned their hard-earned money who, he said, were running from pillar to post to get their money back.

The chairman said that it was heartening to note that NAB had fulfilled the promises by returning the looted money of 175 affected individuals of nine cooperative and private housing societies. He said that a lot would have to be done in future in this regard.

He urged the people to avoid investing in fake and illegal housing societies and invest only in legal cooperative and private housing societies after proper scrutiny. He expressed firm resolve to ensure across the board accountability.

Deputy Chairman Imtiaz Tajwar, DG Rawalpindi and senior officers of NAB were also present on the occasion.