NAB recovers Rs 13 million from Balochistan

QUETTA: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan’s Enforcement wing has recovered an amount of Rs 13 million through Voluntary Return (VR) and Plea Bargain (PB) from accused involved in different corruption cases.

The amount has been recovered during the first quarter of 2014.  The amount even more than recovered during the previous year.

“We had only 8 officers in Balochistan to cover the entire province in 2013, however NAB has recruited 300 officials, of them 45 for Balochistan that helped us to expand the network of accountability,” Director General NAB Balochistan, Syed Khaild Iqbal said while talking to a group of media here.

NAB Balochistan recovered Rs 10 million looted money through Voluntary Return (VR) and Rs 3 million through Plea Bargain (PB) from January till March 2014.

“Plea Bargain does not mean that NAB bargains with the accused for its own interests. To avoid the long legal procedure, We prefer PB and receive no less amount than embezzled” the DG NAB while explaining the wrong perception about the PB among the masses said.

He said plea bargain is made with people involved in corruption under the provision of section 25-A and 25-B on the basis of proofs found against them.

“Those involved in misappropriation are not only sacked from government service but also declared disqualified from contesting elections. Besides, misappropriated money along with 15 percent fine is recovered form affected person”, he said.

Khalid noted that NAB was continuing actions without sustaining any pressure for elimination of menace of corruption form the society.

The DG urged the member of civil society to support NAB and point out corrupt elements so that they could be brought to justice.

He said if people wanted elimination of corruption from the society, than they should cooperate with us for legal action against the accused.