PROFILE  AZHAR ABBAS HASHMI
 COLUMN  FOR THE RECORD
 POLITICS & POLICY 1. RESTRUCTURING THE NAB
2. MANAGING COST OF BUREAUCRACY
 SOCIETY  1. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
2.  MANAGEMENT BY WANDERING AROUND
3. THE CRM LANDSCAPE

 

RESTRUCTURING THE NAB

 

Making NAB more effective

From SHAMIM AHMED RIZVI
Islamabad

Aug 05 - 11, 2002

 

 

Inaugurating the 2 day "National Anti-Corruption Strategy workshop" in Islamabad last week, President General Musharraf lamented that billions of dollars belonging to developing countries are lying in foreign banks because of macro corruption resulting from the "collusion of corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and financial elite. The amount of stolen funds in our case is so huge; the President pointed out, that it could suffice to retire our external debt and also to meet dire needs of development and poverty alleviation.

Workshop held at the Convention Centre which was organized by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was attended by over 300 representatives of the government, private sector, donor agencies and foreign experts dealing with white collar crime. The NAB ordinance 2000 is being revised to make it more practical and effective and the workshop was a part of the same exercise. This was stated by the spokesman of NAB while briefing reporters on the achievements of the Workshop on National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS).

"More viable and practical articles are being introduced as part of the amended NAB Ordinance", he said.

'We are trying to get rid of the legal procedural problems by enacting the amended Ordinance and it may take some more time to be finalized". Efforts are also being made to widen the scope