ISLAMABAD: National Acceptability Bureau (NAB) Chairman, Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal Thursday said 1,210 corruption references of Rs900 billion were under trial in different accountability courts of the country.
Addressing a seminar entitled `Corruption is Big Hindrance in Economic Development’ organized here by NAB Rawalpindi Bureau, he said the Bureau was giving priority to take mega corruption cases to logical conclusion.
He said the Bureau believes in investigation of white color crimes amid complete documentary evidences and on basis of scientific ground.
The NAB chairman said the Bureau was also investigating Mudarba Scandal cases on priority as 34 accused had been arrested while those who had gone abroad would be brought back through Interpol.
He said NAB had filed a Mudarba case against Mufti Ehsan in Accountability Court Islamabad which had sentenced
him 10 years imprisonment and fined Rs9 billion. In this case, nine other accused were also fined Rs1 billion.
Justice Javed said NAB had won Mufti Ehsan Mudarba case of Rs10 billion and this amount would be recovered from them and later, be distributed among affected persons. due to efficient prosecution, NAB had won this mega corruption case, he added.
Moreover, he said, of the total 179 mega corruption cases, the Bureau had filed 105 references in accountability courts after completing all legal formalities.
He said NAB had also recovered Rs 297 billion from corrupt elements and submitted the amount in national exchequer.
He said corruption was ruining our economy and NAB was committed to end corruption from society. He said NAB was using all available resources to curb corruption and taking actions across the board against people who were involved in corruption.
He told the audience that NAB was also taking action against those people who were thinking that they were above the law and no body dare to proceed against them.
The NAB chairman said the Bureau was taking steps to curb money laundering and all the money which were deposited in foreign banks would be brought back.
“Currently, our country owns debts of $94 billion and we also observed that this amount is not spent on any development project. Some people purchased luxury property in Dubai. Corruption is mother of all evils and the bureau takes it as a national duty to root out corruption,” he said, adding NAB was actively working for across-the-board accountability.
The NAB chairman said Pakistan had improved its ranking from 160 to 107 in corrupt countries list. Responding to a question, he said 59 per cent Pakistanis were satisfied with the performance of NAB.
At the end, he answered the questions of audience in professional manner.
IS-claimed suicide attack kills 15 in N. Syria
QAMISHLI: A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed 15 people including a US serviceman today in the northern Syrian city of Manbij near the Turkish border.
Nine civilians and five US-backed fighters were among the dead in the attack on a restaurant in the flashpoint city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Rubble littered the outside of the eatery in the city center, footage from a Kurdish news agency showed, and its facade was blackened by the blast.
The Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a network of sources in Syria, said it was the first such suicide attack in the city against the US-led coalition fighting IS in 10 months. The bombing came as Kurds who control a large swathe of northern Syria rejected a Turkish plan to set up a “security zone” on the Syrian side of the border.
Accountability Courts convicts two including a banker for embezzlement
KARACHI: Accountability Court of Karachi here on Wednesday sentenced five years rigorous imprisonment and Rs 15 million and Rs 10 million each to Sheikh Mohammad Asghar and Nazir Ahmed Toni accused of usurping state property and embezzlement of public money.
The two were convicted under Reference No.65/2007, 66/2007. 67/2007 and 16/2009 with case titled as State vs Sheikh Mohammad Asghar and others.
Case of depositing pay order meant for Excise and Taxation Department in fake account for personal gain against the accused
was well established by the public prosecutors leading to conviction announced by the court, said a government spokesman.
According to details the branch account was opened by Nazir Ahmed Toni as the Bank Manager of the National Bank of Pakistan, Dockyard branch, Karachi.
The prosecution made out the case against accused of illegally depositing pay order worth Rs.3,035,102/- issued by Pakistan Steels.
Op Radd-ul-Fassad: Four TTP terrorists killed in Hangu
RAWALPINDI: Four terrorists of proscribed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed in an intelligence based operation (IBO) conducted by security forces on a terrorist hideout in Hangu on early Wednesday.
The terrorists were killed during exchange of fire, said a press release issued here by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The killed terrorists were involved in suicide attack in Kalaya, Hangu on November 23, last year.
The IBO was carried out as part of the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fassad.