ISLAMABAD, April 18, 2017: Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB that Training of its officers/officials is the top priority of NAB. It is a matter of great pleasure for me to welcome you all at the start of Training Session for the Eighth Investigatorís Basic Induction Course-(IBIC)-VIII being conducted at Police Training College Sihala. He said these remarks while addressing as chief guest at a ceremony organized by NAB at Police College Sihala to congratulate all the newly inducted officers of NAB on becoming a part of this prestigious national organization.
He said that Trainees, you should be pleased on your selection as it is purely your own hard work and diligence which has pulled you through to this level. It was a very competitive process. To maintain transparency and fair play the selection process was outsourced to the National Testing Service (NTS) who conducted academic as well as psychological tests. 94,165 applications were received in response to Advertisement. 80,377 (eighty thousand three hundred seventy seven) candidates were shortlisted for 97 posts. It was a gigantic task to select the best out of this huge lot. I am very happy to say that not one safarish or aberration has occurred in the entire process. NAB as an Organization has its moto ďSay NO to CorruptionĒ. We cannot afford the slightest indication of any subjectivity. I firmly believe that only those who are selected on their own merit will be able to do Justice to the job that they are assigned. This has been the hallmark of our work and it shall continue.
He said that NAB is assigned the important national duty of eradication of corruption in all its forms and manifestations. The menace of corruption has links to a multitude of vices. It leads to injustice, mistrust and suspicion. Corruption in government spending has a negative impact on development programs and results in perpetual increase in cost of creation and maintenance of public assets. The particular deadliness of the disease lies in its self-perpetuation. Any corrupt act or practice sets in motion a vicious cycle in which the impact of corruption becomes the source for further acts of corruption. Our motherland is confronted with the Albatross of Corruption which is eating into our precious national resources.
He said that NAB is essentially a complaint driven organization. An exhaustive system of cognizance of cases has been formulated to standardize the selection of cases for processing. Priority is assigned keeping in view the case nature, the amount of money involved, the social impact and number of affectees. Top most priority is accorded to corruption complaints against NABís own officials. NAB personnel follow a strict code of ethics & conduct, a zero tolerance against corruption is strictly enforced. NABís Operational Methodology is designed on a comprehensive three pronged approach encompassing Prevention, Awareness and Enforcement under the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO), 1999.
Since its creation, NAB has adopted the Enforcement based approach in the fight against corruption. Irrespective of their status and social standing, NAB has investigated and prosecuted the corrupt. NAB accords high priority to cases of cheating public at large which is a serious offence under NAO. Many financial scams involving plundering hard earned income & savings of people at large have been pursued by NAB, with the goal to recover the looted money and return the same to the rightful owners. Double Shah Scam, Cooperative Societies Scam, Fake Housing Authorities Scam & Modarabas are only a few to be named. NAB has undertaken concerted efforts to prosecute the master minds of such public frauds. The overall results of the Enforcement drive have been very positive. The Prosecution of cases in the Courts of Law has shown highly satisfactory results. For the year ending December, 2016 the overall conviction rate has been at 76 % percent.
He said that credit goes to all ranks of NAB spread in the whole country that through hard work, diligence and perseverance have produced outstanding results. These results are being acknowledged internationally. The Transparency International (TI), a Berlin based Corruption watchdog, has over the last three years improvements Pakistanís standing in the CPI. We stood at 139 positions in 2013. In the 2016 report Pakistan stands at 116/176 countries.
He said that the world over, anti-corruption agencies are laying greater emphasis on Awareness and Prevention. We have also started a process of reforms to energize the existing accountability system to improve the efficiency in all spheres of NABís working from Awareness and Prevention to Enforcement and Prosecution. The prevention and awareness process when synergized with enforcement ensures that procurements and contract abuses are substantially reduced and corruption is ultimately curbed. The process is interactive, transparent and efficient for achieving effective results. Prevention Committees formed by NAB assist, advise and guide the Regulators in their efforts of bringing good governance through internal control, accountability, withdrawal of discretionary powers, ensuring transparency, fair play and meritocracy. The system is continuously examined as it is being operated on ground and recommendations for improvement are suggested with support of those who make the system work. Special focus is given to Awareness and Prevention activities to spread the massage against corruption. NGOs, Media and Corporate sector are involved in developing awareness and publicity material. Character Building Societies (CBS) are being set up in educational institutions across the country to build an edifice against corruption.
He said that the process of Reforms and Initiatives aimed at improving the Organization work has been introduced since 2013. To begin with, an exhaustive and comprehensive introspection exercise was carried out to indentify knowledge gaps and structural deficiencies. Through broad-based consultative process, a comprehensive reform solution was designed. These were followed by targeted reforms in operations, prosecution and A & P. The support functions, HR and T & E were made responsive to the changing needs of the times. With the revision of SOPs, the introduction concept of CITs, better training, merit-based postings and placements and reinvigorating prosecution by merit based selections. NAB is now acknowledged as an excellent professional outfit. Iím sure with your joining our efforts in performing the national duties against Corruption will be further enhanced.
He said that NAB has chalked out a comprehensive training plan which is spread over a period of approximately five months. In the absence of NABís own Academy, we requested the training facilities of Police College Sihala. Particularly because of its excellent status achieved in the field of Training Institutions. In this regard, we are thankful to the Inspector General of Police Punjab and Commandant Police Training College Sihala to provide a supportive environment for training. The capabilities and capacity of the Directing Staff here, who are renowned experts of relevant fields are laudable. I must say that the course is tough and demands high standards of perseverance and discipline. It will be incumbent upon you to prove your worth and I am sure that you all will come up to the desired standards. On maturation of the course we will expect high standard of conduct, discipline & punctuality, knowledge about the govt. functioning, constitution, Law and NAB SOPs. You of course will learn more about modern techniques of investigation & progression through self reading.
In the end, he said that there is no shortcut to hard work. Please make full use of the opportunity of training and work hard. I expect that at the culmination of training you will have acquired sufficient professional knowledge and expertise to adequately address the exacting needs of operational obligations. He hoped that the entire new trainee Investigation Officers will have a vigorous, agile and unique learning experience through IBIC-VIII at Police Training College Sihala.