ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to sign an agreement with the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) in a bid to eliminate the menace of corruption in Pakistan.
According to sources, a draft, prepared by the Ministry of Law and Justice, has been dispatched to the two watchdogs.
The documents to contact World Bank and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) are also being finalised for the exchange of information to end corruption.
The sources further said that copies of the draft will soon be presented before the federal cabinet.
The decision came after Transparency International had expressed satisfaction over the actions of the NAB to eliminate corruption and stated that the anti-graft watchdog performed well under its current chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal.
According to the report, the Bureau was rejuvenated after it took various initiatives, including adopting the combined investigation team (CIT) system, in order to have collective wisdom in the conduct of inquiries or investigations on merit.
The anti-graft agency has collected Rs153 billion from corrupt elements and filed 530 references and its overall conviction ratio in the accountability courts is about 70 percent, the statement noted.
Transparency International further outlined recommendations “to end corruption and restore trust in politics” and stated: “it is imperative to prevent opportunities for political corruption and to foster the integrity of political systems.”