KARACHI: (Aftab Channa) Director General NAB Karachi has initiated campaign for arrest of Proclaimed Offenders (POs) and absconders at large and constituted teams in this regard which would take efforts for causing arrest of maximum number of such accused persons.

NAB Karachi on Wednesday issued the list of POs and Absconders with 105 accused persons who have failed to join the proceedings conducted at various Accountability Courts at Karachi and Hyderabad. The list of POs and Absconders has been revised including the names of accused persons at large as of today, containing their names, CNICs, pictures and known residential addresses.

In this regard NAB Karachi has written letters to the concerned authorities seeking their assistance under Section 27 of National Accountability Ordinance 1999 for causing the arrest of such accused persons and their production before the respective Accountability Courts. Compliance with the orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan issued on 25.7.2017 is also being made.

As per the records, several References filed in the Accountability Court suffered inordinate delay in conclusion of trials due to non-production of various accused persons. However the official figures reflect that over the period of last three years NAB Karachi has been successful in arresting 148 POs and Absconders.

Instructions have been issued to the special teams as well as investigating officers to gear up their efforts to arrest maximum number of such accused at large. NAB Karachi, deriving force from the general instructions issued by Honorable Courts in various judgments and orders, has also taken decision to refer the lists of POs and Absconders to Immigration authorities to prevent their flight from the country and to the bank authorities for blocking their banking transactions. It is in line with the policy of zero tolerance to corruption as given by Chairman NAB Ch. Qamar Zaman, that lasting justice would not prevail unless the culprits are taken to task and produced before the courts to face trial.