NAB claims to have recovered Rs2.5bn looted money this year

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday claimed that it arrested 503 accused persons and recovered Rs 2.5 billion from corrupt elements this year.

The recovered money, considered as record achievement, has been returned to hundreds of affected persons and some government departments, according to a press release.

The statistics listing the achievements showed that the accountability watchdog has opened its door for citizens for corruption related complaints and received 44,315 complaints which were thoroughly scrutinized in scrutiny committees.

On basis of prima facie evidence, 1,713 complaints were verified. The complaints were re-scrutinized and after both sides views, converted into 877 inquiries, subsequently 227 investigations were ungraded.

It also convened various executive board meetings in which various important decisions were taken. NAB  filed 440 corruption references in various accountability courts during the last year. More than 1209 corruption references in various accountability courts of the country are under trial. Besides being apex anti-corruption organization, the Bureau has now become a role model institution among South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations.