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Chairman NAB chairs EBM meeting to discuss accountability process

ISLAMABAD, June 05 (DNA): The Executive Board Meeting (RBM) of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was held at NAB Headquarters with Justice Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB in the chair.

The meeting was attended by Hussain Asghar Deputy Chairman NAB, Syed Asghar Haider Prosecutor General Accountability, Zahir Shah Director General Operations NAB and other senior officers of NAB.

It is a yearlong policy of NAB to share the details of EBM with the public which does not aim to hurt the feelings of anyone as all inquiries and investigations are initiated on the basis of alleged allegations, which are not final. NAB is a public friendly institution. The bureau only decides to go ahead with case after assessing the merits of the cases and after knowing the flip side of the coin.

The EBM accorded approval of filing 10 inquiries against various personalities including former Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq, officers/officials of Railways and others, former Director General Anti corruption, Punjab Muzaffar ALI Ranjha, former DCO Faisalabad Noor-ul-Amin Mengal, officers/ officials of Punjab Highway, Citi District government, Faisalabad, ZKB Reliable and others, former mayor and MNA, Faisalabad Chaudhry Sher Ali, former deputy commissioner, Faisalabad, Muhammad Amin Chaudhry,Mian Anjum,Muhammad Saleem, Muhammad Suleman,Imran Sher Ali, officers/officials and others of FDA, officers/officials of Khawaja Farid University, Rahimyar Khan, officers of Punjab Education Foundation, Vehari,  officers/officials, Secretary Excise and Texation, Rahimyar Khan, management/ others of United Ethanol Industries Sadiqabad, officials/ officers, others of C and D Department, officers/ officials/ others of Live Stock Department, Multan, MNA Mehr Irshad Ahmed Khan and others. The EBM authorized investigations against Mansha Group and others.

The EBM authorized transferring inquiries against former Tehsil Nazim, Muhammad Yasin, Ghazala Shaheen daughter of Muhammad Yasin, former MPA, Ghulam Murtaza, Azam Sohail and others to FBR and FIA for further proceedings.

The EBM okayed sending inquiries against retired Medical Superintendent DHQ, Bahawalpur, Hafiz Muhammad Tariq Javed and others to Anti Corruption Department Punjab for further proceedings.

The EBM authorized closing inquiries against MPA Punjab Sohail Zafar, former Town Nazim Gujranwala Rizwan Zafar and others, MPA Malik Ghazanfar Abbas Cheema, Muhammad Sher Cheema, officials/officers of Punjab Revenue Department owing to the absence of evidence.

The EBM authorized sending inquiries against retired judge Multan Nazir Ahmed Langah and others and Advocate High Court Hafiz Ahhah Ditta Kashif to the Registrar, Lahore High Court. The EBM approved okayed sending ongoing inquiries against former MPA Punjab Muhammad Islam Aslam, officers/ officials of Cholistan Development Authority to senior member Board of Revenue Punjab.

NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal said that taking white collar mega corruption cases to logical conclusion and achieving the target of corruption free Pakistan is the priority of bureau.NAB is pursuing accountability for all policy as per law.Bureau is an anti corruption institution. It has recovered Rs 323 billion directly and indirectly from corrupt elements in the year 2020.

NAB has recovered Rs 814 billion directly and indirectly from corrupt elements since inception. NAB was taking mega corruption scams including sugar, flour, money laundering, fake accounts, abuse of authority, assets beyond means, and fake housing society scams to logical conclusion.

Performance of NAB has been lauded by reputed national and international institutions including Transparency International Pakistan, World Economic Forum, Global Peace Canada, PILDAT, Mishaal Pakistan. NAB and corruption can’t go together. NAB has recovered billions of rupees of looted money from the victims, who thanked the Chairman NAB for the recovery.

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