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.
NAB arrests four Revenue officials for selling govt land
QUETTA: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan on Tuesday arrested four officials of Provincial Revenue Department including Ex Tehseeldars, Naib Tehseeldar and Patwari for selling government land in Gwadar.
According to a statement, the accused included Ex-Tehseeldars Gwadar Mohammad Jan Baloch, Mohammad Jan Jamaldini, Naib Tehsildar Agha Zafar Hussain and Abdul Hafeez Patwari in connivance with other revenue officers and private persons tempered revenue record and sold the land causing huge loss to the national exchequer.
Taking action on evidences surfaced during the probe into the matter, DG NAB Balochistan Mohammad Abid Javed issued arrest warrants of the accused.
They were held and shifted to NAB Balochistan office.
Further probe was underway.
Turkey issues warrants for soldiers over FETO links
ISTANBUL: Turkey is seeking over 50 serving soldiers across the nation for their suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup, judicial sources said on Tuesday.
Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued the warrants for 53 active-duty soldiers, who are accused of communicating with FETO members through pay phones and land phones, as part of a probe into FETO presence in Turkish Armed Forces.
Police launched simultaneous operations in 15 provinces, including Istanbul, for the suspects working for the gendarmerie branch of Turkish Armed Forces, as well as Land, Air and Naval Forces Command.
Police hunt for the suspects is ongoing across the country.
According to the Turkish government, FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
Victims of Church sex abuse go global with fight for justice
PARIS: After years of struggling alone or finding support in national groups, survivors of sex abuse by priests have formed a new international alliance to pressure the Catholic Church to face up to its crimes.
The group, called Ending Clerical Abuse (ECA), brings together activists from dozens of countries on several continents, and will be mobilised in Rome this week when Pope Francis hosts a hotly awaited summit on tackling the wave of child sex abuse scandals shaking the Catholic Church.
“It’s a momentous and a historic movement… to bring a global and unified voice,” one of its co-founders, Peter Saunders, told media.
“This is the first truly global initiative.”
Saunders’ personal story is among countless others suffered by people who grouped together to form ECA last June, including survivors from Chile, Poland, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries.
“I was abused at seven years old by a family member. I was also sexually abused by two Jesuit priests at my secondary school at about 12 years of age,” he said.
The same priest targeted his brother Michael at the same school six years before him, and died aged 55 after a lifelong battle with drug and alcohol abuse.
“I think the Church has been resisting change for many, many years and I think at long last the Church is beginning to bow to the pressure put on by survivors, by our media colleagues around the world, and by public opinion,” he added.
The group’s objectives include forcing the Church to take a “zero tolerance” approach to paedophilia, working to overturn the statute of limitations on abuse cases, and supporting victims in areas where speaking out remains difficult, such as in various African and Asian countries.