Nab under scrutiny

An accountability mechanism is expected to be independent, impartial and efficient. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is today facing severe criticism for being deficient in all three areas.

However, it must be admitted that no accountability or anti-corruption organisation in Pakistan has been accepted, at least by the public, as independent or impartial, and any body that is neither independent nor impartial cannot be considered efficient.

What NAB is tasked with is extermination of the hydra-headed evil that can be described in one of the most ponderous words —  corruption — and which was one of the major concerns of the political leaders of the subcontinent during the closing years of the colonial rule.

The Quaid-i-Azam made a pointed reference to bribery, nepotism and jobbery in his oft-recalled address to the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947, three days before the birth of Pakistan and described their eradication one of the priority tasks

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