Cases involving over Rs100mln to be probed preferably: NAB Chairman

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KARACHI, Sept 21 (APP): The National Accountability Bureau (NAB)

will

preferably investigate the cases involving over Rs. 100 million

pecuniary loss in line with court directions and the bureau’s own fair

thought process.

This was decided by NAB Chairman Major (retd) Qamar Zaman

Chaudhry while

chairing a performance review meeting at NAB Karachi, said a press

release issued here on Wednesday.

“However in particular circumstances like in HESCO recovery case,

suspicious transaction cases refered by Financial Monitoring Unit

(FMU) etc the pecuniary limit shall not bar NAB from proceeding

against culprits, involved is less than Rs100 million,” it added.

The NAB chairman reiterated his resolve to fight corruption with

iron

hands, besides promoting public awareness through awareness and

prevention cadre of the NAB.

He insisted Investigation Officers (IOs) to show highest

standards of

investigations during conduct of proceeding in cases registered at the

NAB.

He further reiterated to investigate the cases through Combined

Investigation Team (CIT) rather than one IO, investigating case single

handedly. Because of CIT in place unlike police practice the request

by individuals for change of IO is not being entertained in the NAB.

The NAB chairman also emphasised upon the need for discharging

duties

within timeline, with professional acumen and honesty.

While reviewing progress made on important cases, he directed that the

cases be completed to logical conclusion as per SOP and law within

given timelines.

He shared with participants that the NAB is hosting SAARC

Conference on

anti-corruption next week, which is aimed to garner external support

in terms of sharing of expertise and the best practices as well as for

seeking cooperation as and when required.

The NAB chairman appreciated the performance of Karachi chapter

and

expressed his satisfaction over its overall working.

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