KARACHI (News): The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to set up three new regions as part of its expansion plan for eradication of corruption and better monitoring of its activities across the country.
The decision came in two days 18th Director Generals’ conference headed by Chairman NAB Admiral (R) Fasih Bokhari here at Karachi. The conference reviewed the performance of operation and prevention wings of the organization.
The new regions being crafted would include Multan, Sukkur and Gilgit-Baltistan to be headed by director general, a grade 21 officer of the Bureau. This expansion is the part of the programme to reach out to district level and be more responsive to complaints of the general public down to lower level outside the major cities. The Rawalpindi region would consist of Islamabad Capital Territory and Rawalpindi division, Multan region would have Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan and Bahawalpur divisions and the existing NAB Lahore region would be dealing the cases pertaining to the rest of the Punjab areas. The existing NAB Sindh would consist of Karachi and Hyderabad areas where as the other parts of the province would be covered by the Sukkur region of the Bureau. The NAB also decided to revive its informer set-ups to unveil the corruption in line with international practices and erase the limit of Rs50 million for initiating investigation in corruption cases.
It was decided that national witness protection programme would be evolved benefiting from the experiences of the international organizations as well as consultation with other investigation agencies of the country.
The conference decided to stop the condition of limit of Rs50 million for taking up the corruption cases however preference would be given to the mega corruption cases and the smaller cases to be transferred to the other investigation and anti-corruption agencies with the direction that the Bureau must be kept apprised on progress constantly.
The NAB decided to improve the complaint processing mechanism and set up recovery and disposal cells at the headquarters and regional NABs to handle the cases of recovery of fines, confiscation of property of the convicted and release of the assets in case of the acquittal.
Addressing on the occasion, the NAB chairman said that the old cases pending with the bureau must be completed at the earliest so that news cases, which are prompting up should be taken up for execution. He said that any clue of corruption within the NAB would not be spared and directed all the regions to evolve a strong mechanism for internal monitoring to boost the efficiency.