Lahore: SEP 29, 2017: Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB said that Corruption is mother of all evils. NAB is committed to root out corruption as eradication of corruption is our national duty. NAB is committed to recover looted money from corrupt with iron hands by using all its resources and deposit in national exchequer. He said these remarks while addressing to NAB Officers during his farewell visit to NAB Lahore.
The Director General NAB Lahore Major Shahzad Saleem in his welcome address said that it is indeed a great pleasure for NAB Lahore to warmly welcome you at NAB Lahore on your farewell visit. I feel proud to inform you that under your dynamic leadership from 2014 to 2017, NAB has geared up and perfected its procedures after taking various initiatives under your able leadership and guidance. He said that in line with your various initiatives, it was decided by your good self that the performance of NAB Headquarters and all Regional Bureaus of NAB will be evaluated on the basis of Quantified Grading System from 2014. Every year, NAB Headquarters and all Regional Bureaus are being evaluated on a certain criteria. It is an honor and privilege for NAB Lahore under your dynamic and able leadership that NAB Lahore has declared Number One Region of NAB in 2016 on the basis of excellent performance under Quantified Grading System which is a true reflection of our hard work, dedication and commitment under your leadership with the firm resolve to eradicate corruption and make Pakistan corruption free.
He said that under your leadership, NAB Lahore is actively perusing the cause of elimination of corruption and corrupt practices through a holistic approach of Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement by adopting Zero Tolerance Policy across the board. He said that it seems it was yesterday when Mr. Worthy Chairman NAB, you had joined NAB as Chairman of esteemed body, NAB. Memory of these years brings us your patronage and guidance all the time at every stage which helped us in further improving the performance of NAB Lahore. He said that your valuable and excellent services which you had rendered during your tenure as Chairman in eradication of corruption by burning mid night candles will be written in golden words. He said that due to this reason, national and international reputable organizations are lauding the performance of NAB under your dynamic leadership. He said that our success as the apex anti-corruption agency inspires us to redouble our efforts in performance of our national duty with professionalism, dedication and commitment to eliminate corruption from our motherland Pakistan in all its forms and manifestations. He said that strong leadership like yours can lead the organizations in the right direction to eradicate corruption by all means with Zero Tolerance. DG NAB Lahore lauded the remarkable services of Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB and the measures he has taken during his tenure as Chairman NAB.
Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB while address to NAB officers said that NAB Lahore has declared Number One Region of NAB in 2016 on the basis of excellent performance under Quantified Grading System which is a great achievement for NAB Lahore as they has worked day and night putting their best efforts and becoming the Number One Region of NAB is true reflection of your hard work, dedication and commitment with firm resolve to eradicate corruption and make Pakistan corruption free.
Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB said that NAB Lahore has been actively perusing the cause of eradication of corruption and nabbing corrupt through a holistic approach of Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement by adopting Zero Tolerance Policy across the board. He said that memories of last four years remind the professionalism, transparency, hard work, honesty, commitment, dedication and merit which NAB officer put up. He said that today NAB has rejuvenated; strengthened and working with the realization that eradication of corruption is our national duty. He said that our success as the apex anti-corruption agency inspires us to work more vigorously and redouble our efforts to achieve the goal of corruption free Pakistan.
The Chairman NAB said that Corruption is mother of all evils. He said that NAB is absolutely committed to root out corruption in all its forms and manifestations with iron hands. He said that due to number of new initiatives taken during my tenure, PILDAT, Transparency International and World Economic Forum appreciated Pakistan due to NAB efforts. He said that our overall performance remained excellent as compared to other Anti-Corruption Organizations. He said nation is proud upon you as you are performing your duties even in odd hours with absolutely professionally, transparently according to law. NAB during the last four years, NAB during my tenure has recovered Rs. 50/- billion from corrupt and deposited in the national exchequer which a record achievement as no other Anti Corruption agency in Pakistan has recovered such a huge amount in short span of four years. He said that the figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2014 to 2017. He said that NAB since its inception, has recovered Rs. 290 billion and deposited in the national exchequer which is indicative of hard work, dedication, professionalism and transparency of all ranks of NAB officers/officials in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism.
He said that today, NAB is the chairman of SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum. NAB is the only Organization in the world to whom China has signed MoU in order to streamline cooperation in the field of anti-corruption and oversee projects to be undertaken under CEPC. He said that NAB has established its first Forensic Science Lab (FSL) in Islamabad which has facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis. He said that NAB has rationalized its workload and timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months - from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in the Accountability Court. He said that NAB has also introduced a new System of Combine Investigation Team (CIT) in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers, a system of CIT comprising of Director, Additional Director, Investigation Officer and a Senior Legal Counsel has been put in place. This will not only lend quality to the work but also ensure that no single individual can influence the proceedings. The results of CIT are very encouraging.
The Chairman NAB said that NAB Lahore is one of the important Regional Bureaus of NAB. It plays prominent role in contributing towards the overall performance of NAB. He appreciated the performance of NAB Lahore and directed all ranks of officers of NAB Lahore to work more vigilantly, diligently and honestly in order to curb corruption and corrupt practices from the country. He said performance of all wings of NAB Lahore under the supervision of Major Shahzad Saleem, Director General NAB Lahore is appreciated and hoped that NAB Lahore will continue its excellent performance in future. Earlier, on arrival in NAB Lahore, Chairman NAB held a meeting with DG NAB Lahore and reviewed guard of honor.