Islamabad - Director General (DG) NAB Rawalpindi, Zahir Shah said that NAB under the dynamic leadership of Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, is committed to eradicate corruption and corrupt practices from the country by using all its resources.

He said that the menace of corruption leads to injustice, lawlessness and creates a sense of insecurity, hopelessness and despondency. The menace of corruption and poverty are closely interlinked. He said this while addressing a seminar at University of FAST Islamabad. He said that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was established to eradicate corruption in an integrated manner. He said, “On the directions of Chairman NAB, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, we have to increase our efforts to come up to the expectations associated with NAB.” NAB has prosecuted various corrupt elements and has recovered over Rs 4.5 billion of looted money in 2014, bringing the overall total recovery to date to Rs 262.008 billion, he added. He said that the allocation from government to NAB for its working since its creation is Rs 12.038 billion. This is only 4.5 per cent of recoveries made by NAB.

The number of complaints received in 2013 was 19900, which are double of the number of 10500 complaints received in 2014. He said that the PILDAT in its latest report has rated NAB’s performance at 42 per cent based on public survey. The rate of success of NAB’s prosecution work in all courts is 70 per cent.

He said that on the directions of Chairman NAB under awareness & prevention regime, NAB Rawalpindi/Islamabad has established 4292 character building societies in line with MOU with Higher Education Commission (HEC) in different universities, colleges and schools of Rawalpindi division/Islamabad region. NAB (Rawalpindi/Islamabad) is holding regular meetings with office bearers and patrons of the societies and has held 15 meetings in various schools, colleges and universities during 2015.

The other speakers also stressed upon the importance of character building of students who are the real future and urged them to play their role in eradication of corruption from the Society.