ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) – pursuing across-the-board accountability approach – has arrested 503 accused persons and recovered Rs. 2580 million from corrupt elements during one year.
The recovery, considered a record achievement, has been returned to hundreds of affected persons and some government departments. Not a single rupee has been paid to any NAB employee as Bureau’s officers and officials consider eradication of corruption as their national duty. The statistics listing, the last one-year achievements on Thursday showed that the Bureau has opened its door for citizens for corruption-related complaints and received 44,315 complaints which were thoroughly scrutinized in scrutiny committees.
On basis of prima facie evidence, 1713 complaints were converted into complaint verifications. The complaints were re-scrutinized and after both sides views, converted into 877 inquiries, subsequently 227 investigations were ungraded. The Bureau during the period also convened various Executive Board Meetings in which various important decisions were taken.
NAB filed 440 corruption references in various Accountability Courts during last one year. More than 1209 corruption references in various Accountability Courts of the country are under trial. Besides being apex anti-corruption organization, the Bureau has now become a role model institution among South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations. NAB is the only organization in Pakistan which has approximately exemplary conviction ratio. This is just because of proactive Anti-Corruption Strategy not only chalked out by Chairman NAB, Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal but also implemented across the board.
NAB is the only organization in Pakistan which has established more than 50,000 Character Building Societies (CBSs) in colleges and universities to aware the youth about ill-effect of corruption. Moreover, owing to across the board actions, eradication of corruption has now become the voice of the whole nation. NAB has perfected its procedures and geared up to come up to expectations of the nation for the corruption-free country.
The Chairman has strongly believed that NAB is not for victimization against anyone. NAB has no affiliation with any party as its officers are only servants of the state. Their first and last affiliation is with the State of Pakistan. Due to hard work put in by all NAB officers and officials and feedback received from all segments of society, people are appreciating initiatives taken by present management of NAB.
The Bureau has also been rejuvenated and due to its proactive anti-corruption strategy by adopting “Accountability
for All” NAB has become a vibrant and reputable organization. Reports and surveys of different reputable national and international organizations like PILDAT, Mishal Pakistan, Transparency International, and World Economic Forum have appreciated the performance of NAB.
Two bankers nabbed for Rs.100m fraud
AMMAR AHMED KHAN
BAHAWALPUR: The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has taken into custody two bank officials allegedly involved in Rs. 100m fraud.
According to details the duo [Azhar Nadeem Ansari (operation manager) and Ikramul Haq (ex-operation manager) of the Habib Bank’s Quaid-e-Azam Medical College (QAMC) branch] were nabbed from court premises after their plea for confirmation of bail before the arrest was rejected by the Bahawalpur bench of the Lahore High Court.
Ansari and Ikram were allegedly involved in a case of Rs. 100m embezzlement in the amount of salaries of the employees, including doctors of the Civil Hospital. The ACE had registered an FIR against 11 suspects, including the two bank officials a couple of years ago.
Both officials had got interim bail before arrest while their plea for its confirmation was dismissed by the court after the ACE officials opposed the grant of relief. The ACE officials said they had to recover the allegedly embezzled amount from the bank officials and deposit it with the exchequer.
Terrorism: Military courts finalize cases of 546 accused
RAWALPINDI: Since the establishment of military courts cases of 717 accused terrorists were sent to them by the federal government and out of these 546 cases have been finalized.
According to the details issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday out of the 546 finalized cases, 310 terrorists were awarded death penalty while 234 were awarded rigorous imprisonment of varied duration, ranging from life imprisonment to a minimum duration of five years.
Two accused were also acquitted. Out of 310 sentenced to death, 56 terrorists have been executed after completion of legal process beyond military courts decisions, which included their appeal in superior civil courts and rejection of their mercy petition both by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the President of Pakistan.
Execution of death sentence of the remaining 254 terrorists is pending, completion of the legal process in the higher courts.
Those who have been awarded death penalty included masterminds, executors and abettors/facilitators of, inter alia, following major terrorist incidents:
1. Army Public School (APS) Peshawar attack of 16 December 2014
(five terrorists executed).
2. Marriot Islamabad terrorist attack, September 2008.
3. Parade Lane terrorist attack, December 2009.
4. Attack on Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) office Multan,
5. The terrorist attack on four Special Services Group (SSG) soldiers,
including two officers, April 2009 (one terrorist executed).
6. Attack on ISI office Sukker, November 2010.
7. Bannu Jail Break, April 2012 (one terrorist executed).
8. Mastung Sectarian terrorist attack, April 2012.
9. Killing of Foreigners in Nanga Parbat, June 2013.
10. Terrorist attack on civilian and security officials at
Chalas, August 2013.
11. Terrorist attack on SSP Chaudhary Aslam, January 2014.
12. Karachi Airport attack, June 2014.
13. Terrorists’ attack on Ms Sabin Mehmood, April 2015.
14. Terrorists’ attack Safora Ghot Karachi, May 2015.
15. Bacha Khan University attack, January 2016.
16. Terrorist attack on Amjad Sabri, June 2016.
Fake ‘amil’ makes brothers bury their sister alive!
Ammar Ahmed Khan
TAXILA: On the instructions of a fake faith-healer two brothers killed their mentally sick sister in order to get the house rid of evil.
Shabana, 38, and a resident of Banni Mohallah near Christian Hospital had not been seen since 4th of Dec. Her elder brother, Mohammad Imran, who lives separately, lodged a complaint with the police about his sister’s unexplained disappearance. On Friday, the victim’s mother called her brother, Abdul Lateef, saying she had been locked in a room by her two sons, Mohammad Farhan and Mohammad Kamran, and that she had managed to break out of the room.
Abdul Lateef came to his sister’s aid and also informed his nephew, Mohammad Imran. The victim’s mother told her brother and son that her daughter had been buried alive in the well in the house. Imran then informed the local police about the crime. Rescue 1122 was called to retrieve the body but the operation was abandoned when the oxygen supply was exhausted and it got dark.
Rescue 1122 officer Adeel Ahmed said the operation will resume on Saturday after more oxygen cylinders are brought in. Investigation Officer Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohammad Shahzad told media persons that both the suspects were taken into custody. He said the two brothers had confessed to killing their sister on the directives of the local spiritual healer, who had told them that evil forces have descended on her which also affected their family. The spiritual healer had advised they kill her in order to rid the family of evil forces.
A case will be registered against the suspects after the body is recovered. Another case in which a lack of knowledge destroys a life, even consultation with an amateur in the medical field could have prevented such a tragedy.