Pakistan to head SAARC's anti-corruption forum

| Updated: Oct 17, 2016 22:19 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct. 17 (ANI): National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has revealed that Pakistan has become the first chairman of the SAARC's anti-corruption forum and he considered it to be a great achievement for the NAB and Pakistan. According to Chaudhary, Pakistan is considered as a role model for SAARC countries. He said that it is the only Saarc country that went from 126 to 117 on the Transparency Internationals Corruption Perceptions Index. NAB in a statement has said that the bureau in association with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has signed a memorandum of understanding to create awareness among the youth educate the youth against the ills of corruption, reports the Express Tribune. A comprehensive national anti-corruption strategy (NACS) has been chalked out by the NAB, said Chaudhary. Under the policy, the bureau has adopted a zero tolerance policy and a proactive approach to curb corruption and corrupt practices. About 309,000 complaints from individuals and private / public organisations were received by the NAB during the last 16 years, out of which 56 per cent of these inquiries matured into formal investigation and more than 80 per cent investigations were taken into the stage of prosecution in the courts. (ANI)