The Prime Minister made these observations during a presentation made by the NAB at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat here on Monday.
Admiral (R) Fasih Bukhari said that in absolute terms Pakistan has been rated between 2.3 to 2.7 in the International Corruption Perception Index (ICPI) since the introduction of the Index by Transparency in 1995. This shows that the level of corruption has remained unchanged in Pakistan irrespective of the nature and dispensation of the government in the country.
Chairman NAB said that during the last five months NAB has reviewed projects and procurements worth Rs.1.5 trillion at their initial stages leading to prevention of corruption of an estimated amount of Rs.200 billion.
Admiral (R) Fasih Bukhari said that the emphasis of the Bureau is now more on measures to prevent corruption which would save it from involving in complex procedures involved in prosecution of corruption cases.
Chairman NAB said that the Bureau now feels that it should be restructured with a view to strengthening its legal and administrative expertise and economic crimes by allowing it to benefit from resources available in other federal departments.
Chairman NAB also proposed that the Rule of Business may be amended and NAB should be placed under the Cabinet Division. This, he said, would ensure its independence.
The Prime Minister issued directions that the proposals put forth by NAB be examined in detail and put up to him at the earliest.
Senior officials of NAB and Prime Minister’s Secretariat attended the briefing.