NAB removes names of accused from its website

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Islamabad, Oct 11 (UNI) Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB), rendered toothless following the promulgation of an Ordinance, has removed from its website names of political leaders, bureaucrats and others against whom corruption cases are pending.

The Bureau constituted to deal with cases of corruption and misuse of power against powerful politicians and bureaucrats recieved a jolt when the government promulgated the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), envisaging withdrawal of all cases instituted between 1986 and 1999 against them.

Details of the pending cases, identity of the accused, leaders wanted by NAB and performance of the apex anti-corruption organisation have disappeared from the website.

Regarding court cases, the website says: ''Presently in process of update.'' Some figures are available about prosecution, investigations and recoveries, but not the people against whom cases are being prosecuted, investigations are under way or recoveries have been made, Dawn reported.

Altogether NAB filed some 1,111 cases (62 of them during the current year). Of them, 653 cases have been decided, 455 people have been convicted and cases against 84 have been withdrawn for various reasons.

The NAB has closed 570 cases, while another 485 are presently under investigation.

It is claimed that till the end of March this year, NAB recovered Rs 115 billion in bank defaults and Rs 23.97 billion in plea bargain. An amount of Rs 9.21 billion was recovered in indirect recoveries and Rs 60.47 billion in restructuring of bank loans.

UNI

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