ISLAMABAD: August 25, 2017: Mr. Imtiaz Tajwar, Acting Chairman NAB while addressing as Chief Guest at a ceremony organized after a training on Anti Money Laundering and Public Corruption for NAB Investigation officers and Prosecutors in Collaboration with US Department of Justice / International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), Islamabad from 21 to 25 August, 2017 at a Local Hotel said that the capacity building course of NAB workforce in line with the international best practices will help in improving the performance of NAB investigation Officers/Prosecutors.
The Acting Chairman NAB said that recently US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement has handed over a Video Spectral Comparator 8000, state-of-the-art forensics document analyzer to NAB that will assist the NAB with identifying fraudulent documents, including travel and identity documents, banknotes, checques, and official letters. He said that NAB is the apex Anti-Corruption Agency of the country with the mandate to eradicate corruption in Pakistan. NAB is also the focal agency under United Nations Convention on Anti-Corruption (UNCAC).
He said that NAB is the only Anti-Corruption Agency which has prescribed timeline for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum time limit of 10 months. 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. This system is not only lending quality to the work but also ensuring that no single individual can influence the proceedings. He said that concept of CIT has proved very successful in order to improve quality of inquiry and investigations and benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior officers. He said that NAB always accords high priority to the capacity building of its Investigation Officers and Prosecutors in line with International standards, best practices and lesson learnt. In addition to the NABís in house training programs, collaboration in capacity building with National International Agencies are always welcomed.
During the ceremony, INL-P Director Mr. Gregory K. Schiffer stated that Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs works in more than 90 countries to help countries combat crime and corruption, counter drug-related crime, improve police institutions, and promote laws and court systems that are fair and accountable. He appreciated NABís efforts in eradication of corruption. He said that capacity building of NABís investigation officers/Prosecutors and provision of new forensics equipment to NAB will help in investigation of corruption cases, not only for NAB, but for other law enforcement agencies as well.
The Acting Chairman NAB thanked International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs for its partnership and support in helping NAB to achieve its mission of eliminating corruption in Pakistan, both through training and equipment support. He appreciated the efforts of US Department of Justice / ICITAP, US Embassy, Islamabad and Training and Research Division NAB for their collaborative efforts in capacity building of NAB workforce in line with the international best practices.