LAHORE – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and corruption could not go together as the anti-corruption department had been set up to serve the poor and not the rich.
Addressing a ceremony held to distribute cheques worth Rs 900 million among 660 affectees of Toyota Gujranwala Motors scandal at NAB Regional office here, he said that the Bureau was not an issue, but a solution to the issues.
He said that constructive criticism could help us learn about various dimensions for taking action against corruption.
But there were always two ways of criticism; so if someone could not project a positive image, he should not depress and deject people by indulging in criticism for the sake of criticism, he said.
He said that some accused persons, after appearing before the courts hearings in various cases, speak against NAB, adding, that negative criticism on NAB by some political leaders could not make any difference as the Bureau in an independent lawful Institution, working to take action against corruption.
Javed Iqbal said that in the past, it was alleged that investors and businessmen were not satisfied with NAB and the investment had been affected by the NAB operations, he added.
The Chairman said that if the investors were afraid of NAB action, there had not been positive trend in the stock markets and construction sector, as well, besides significant increase in economic reserves in the country.
He said that some elements were asking for amending the NAB laws, but they should read existing NAB laws first.
He said an ordinance had also been brought earlier to amend the NAB law, which remained imposed for four months and no major decision was made during that period in the presence of the said ordinance. However, later that amendment was withdrawn, he said.
During the last four years, current the current leadership, it had recovered Rs 73.99 billion, out of which Rs 13.24 billion were recovered through holding Plea Bargain (PB) and Rs 60.74 billion by indirect recovery, he said.
He said that due to NAB Lahore’s efforts, about Rs 800 billion have been saved in the IPPs matter, while more savings were expected in the coming days.