Chairman NAB terms Karachi office performance outstanding

KARACHI: Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry visited NAB officee here on Friday, a senior official said.

A senior member of Chairman’s Inspection and Monitoring Team (CI&MT) along with his team member conducted the inspection for the year-2015 and gave a detailed briefing to Chairman NAB about the inspection done and highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of NAB Karachi, said a statement.

The inspection was carried out for the year 2015 in order to review and evaluate the performance of NAB Karachi Bureau on the basis of a newly introduced quantified grading system.

The performance of NAB Karachi office during 2015 has been termed as outstanding with 88 percent operational efficiency index.

He informed that on the directions of the Chairman NAB, aquantified grading system has been devised. Under this grading system, the performance of all NAB’s Regional Bureaus is being evaluated during January and February 2016.

80 % mark will be considered `Outstanding/Excellent’, between 60% to 79% will be considered as `Very Good’,between 40% to 49% will be considered as `Good’, while marks less than 40% will be considered as `Below Average’.

During the briefing, the Chairman was informed that NAB Karachi has disposed of 6,798 complaints during the year 2015. The numbers of complaints disposed in 2015 were higher than the number of complaints disposed in 2014 or any of the previous years.

In 2015, NAB Karachi out of 270 complaints verifications (CVs), completed 214 complaint verifications.

NAB Karachi out of 407 inquiries, completed 328 whereas out of 240 investigations 128 investigations were completed on merit.

NAB Karachi arrested 172 `corrupts’ and filed 101 corruption references in 2015. The conviction rate was 63 percent.

During 2015, it recovered Rs. 18.55 billion during one year which is a record achievement.

The NAB chairman speaking on the occasion said that NAB is Pakistan’s apex anti-corruption organization assigned with the task to eliminate corruption through a holistic approach of awareness, prevention and enforcement.

It operates under the National Accountability Ordinance-1999 which is extended to all parts of Pakistan, including FATA and Gilgit Baltistan, he said.

Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said that Karachi is one of the important regional bureaus of NAB. It played prominent role in contributing towards the overall performance of NAB, he said.

NAB has its Headquarter at Islamabad while it has seven regional bureaus located at Karachi, Lahore, Pehsawar, Quetta, Sukkur, Multan and Rawlapindi.

Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said that under quantified grading system prepared by the Chairman Inspection and Monitoring Team (CI&MT) graded NAB Karachi’s performance as outstanding/excellent with 88% operational efficiency index is appreciated.

He said that NAB Karachi’s excellent performance under the supervision of DG NAB Karachi Col Siraj ul Naeem has been more than any one past year in the history of NAB Karachi.

He directed all officers/officials of NAB Karachi to work hard to further improve excellent performance.

He further directed all ranks of officers/officials of NAB Karachi to work more vigilantly and diligently in order to curb corruption and corrupt practices from the country.

He said that CI&MT has done good work and added that there is always room for improvement.