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NAB chief says accountability has ‘nothing to do with elections’

–Justice (r) Iqbal distributes Rs110 million among victims of bogus housing schemes

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal on Thursday said the bureau has nothing to do with the elections.

“NAB has nothing to do with (2018) elections be it pre or post elections and the bureau upholds a policy of ‘accountability across the board’,” Justice (retd) Iqbal said while addressing a ceremony in Rawalpindi

Justice (retd) Iqbal shared that in the last seven months, 226 suspects were arrested, 25 proclaimed offenders were arrested and presented before court and references were filed against 217 corrupt individuals.

“If a case is lodged unlawfully against any individual, it is shelved as the anti-corruption body does not believe in victimisation,” observed Justice Javed Iqbal.

The NAB chairman said that the elimination of corruption without any bias was their priority for which the officials were diligently performing their duties.

RS 110M DISTRIBUTED AMONG VICTIMS OF BOGUS HOUSING SOCIETIES:

NAB on Thursday distributed Rs 110 million among 809 affectees who bought different plots in fake/bogus housing societies but were not provided with any land in return.

A special ceremony was organized in this regard at the bureau’s headquarter in Islamabad where the NAB chief expressed that the motive of the anti-corruption body was to recover the money minted by illegal housing societies and give it back to the victims.

The NAB chief stated that up till now, the accountability watchdog has recovered and distributed as much as Rs 296 billion among different institutions and victims.

“NAB is adopting the policy of ‘Accountability for All’ without any discrimination,” said the chairman.

Justice (r) Javed Iqbal detailed that besides recovering the embezzled money, numerous absconders and fugitives were also apprehended as a result of the directives issued by the bureau.

“As many as 226 accused were arrested in the last seven months while 217 references were filed in different accountability courts and 25 fugitives were made accountable before the law,” detailed the chairman.

The NAB chief revealed that soon he will convene a meeting of officials from land-related departments including CDA, RDA, ICT, LDA, PDA, QDA and KDA so that the officials can be apprised of their shortcomings and a proper mechanism could be devised to protect the citizens from land mafia.

The Chairman NAB appreciated the devoted efforts of Rawalpindi bureau of NAB and hoped that the officers will continue to serve with the same vigour for the eradication of corruption and to recover looted money from corrupt individuals.

The cheque distribution ceremony was attended by Deputy Chairman NAB, Prosecutor General accountability, Director General Rawalpindi and other senior officials.



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