12 Mar, 2019

ISLAMABAD (Channel 9 News) – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal on Tuesday said that 303 billion rupees had been recovered from corrupt elements and deposited into the national exchequer.

Addressing a business community event, Javed Iqbal said the NAB was using all resources to bring back those who had fled abroad. He also said those who had illegally plundered wealth in Pakistan had made big offshore assets like plazas and valuable assets in different countries.

“The NAB considers eradication of corruption from the country its prime responsibility,” Javed Iqbal said. He said the country would be prosperous, if the business community would be prosperous.

He said the accountability bureau did not hurt anybody’s self-respect during investigation. “We summon people with all due respect,” he said. Javed Iqbal said he always helped needy people as a judge.

On March 7, Javed Iqbal had vowed to bring back home “all the plunderers of national wealth” who had ‘fled abroad’.

Mega corruption cases are top priorities: NAB chairman

Earlier, the NAB chairman has said that the misappropriation in funds, plundering national wealth, misuse of authority and mega corruption cases are the top priorities.

In a statement, the NAB chairman directed that the rapid actions should be taken against the people who have illegal sources beyond income and cheated state on the name of housing societies.

Javed Iqbal termed that the recovery of Rs 297 billion by the accountability watchdog is a big recovery. He also said that the anti-graft watchdog approved 440 corruption references in a year.

NAB won’t be part of any NRO

On Jan 10, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal said that the anti-graft watchdog had not given any National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) to anybody, and was not even part of it.

Addressing to the ceremony in Lahore, the chairman the watchdog is an autonomous body and the current government never exerted pressure on it. “Even if such pressure comes NAB won’t bow down,” he added.