Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice Javed Iqbal, has assured Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry that NAB would not take any steps to create harassment among honest businessmen. He said that a Special Desk has been established in NAB to address the issues of business community. He said that business community was playing key role in the economic development of the country and NAB would protect their genuine interests. He said if a businessman has complaint against any tax officer, he should send written complaint and NAB would take action as per law against the wrongdoer. He assured that no discriminatory SRO would now be issued to give benefit to specific businessmen. He said honest businessmen should focus on promoting business activities and NAB would protect their genuine interests. He said mistakes could be ignored, but crimes could not be ignored. He said debt on Pakistan including interest has crossed $100 billion, but it gave no benefit to the country.
Justice JavedIqbal said that NAB received 39728 complaints and recovered Rs.297 billion for the country. He stressed upon such housing societies as could not complete their projects to return the whole amount to the affectees or give them plots to avoid NAB’s action. He said NAB distributed Rs.850 million among the affectees while more amount would be given to such people. He vowed that NAB would continue to protect the interests of Pakistan and would conduct across the board accountability to curb money laundering, corruption and others crimes. Talking about CDA action against encroachments, he said in the next phase, action would be taken against those who allowed such encroachments to flourish.
Speaking at the occasion, Sheikh Amir Waheed, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that business community would support NAB in its efforts to curb corruption in the country. He said Chairman NAB’s assurance for not taking any steps to harass genuine businessmen was a source of confidence for the business community. He said that ICCI would never support any illegal business activity. He urged that the decisions of Wafaqi Mohtasib should be fully implemented to provide justice to the people. He called upon the government to bring changes in the laws to curb corruption in the bud. He said strong action should be taken against those officers who facilitated encroachments in Islamabad.
Muhammad Naveed Malik Senior Vice President and Nisar Mirza Vice President ICCI thanked Chairman NAB for visiting Chamber. Zubair Ahmed Malik Chairman Founder Group, Abdul Rauf Alam, Zafar Bakhtawari and others asked many questions to Chairman NAB and he gave them detailed answers.
Published in Melange Intl. Magazine September 2018.