National Accountability Bureau

National Accountability Bureau
National Accountability Bureau
قومی دفتر احتساب
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Formed November 16, 1999; 11 years ago (1999-11-16)
Preceding Ministry of Justice
Jurisdiction Pakistan Government
Headquarters Islamabad, ICT
Annual budget 2011-12 Federal budget
executive Admiral (retired) Fasih Bokhari[1], Chairman
Parent department Public Accounts Committee (Pakistan Parliament)

The National Accountability Bureau (Urdu: قومی دفتر احتساب) is a federal executive agency of the Government of Pakistan, responsible and mandated for dealing with anti-corruption scandals, and also tasked with the gathering and managing the economic intelligence, and making efforts against the economic terrorism. It was established on November 16, 1999 with the promulgation of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999, immediately after the military coup by General Pervez Musharraf on October 12, 1999. The agency has its headquarters in Islamabad.[2]



Its mission according to the official website:

is to work to eliminate corruption through a comprehensive approach encompassing prevention, awareness, monitoring and combating.[3]


The bureau has two principal officers: the Chairman; and the Prosecutor General of Accountability in Pakistan. The Chairman is the head of investigation, and serves a four-year term. Lt-Gen Syed Mohammad Amjad was the first chairman of the bureau. Naveed Ahsan is the current chairman. The Prosecutor General is the head of prosecution, and serves a three-year term. Lawyer Irfan Qadir was the first Prosecutor General.


The bureau likes to stress that it recovered over two hundred and forty billion rupees (four billion US dollars) from corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen. Human rights organizations have labeled the Bureau however as a vehicle for detaining former officials and party leaders [4] and a deviation from the normal justice system. The government continues to use the Bureau and a host of anti-corruption and sedition laws to keep in jail or threaten political opponents, particularly members of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Headline news, National. "Admiral Fasih Bokhari assumes charge as Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau". GEO Television Network. Geo Public News Media plc.. Retrieved 10/08/2011. 
  2. ^ "Contact Us." National Accountability Bureau. Retrieved on 18 December 2010. "Islamabad Office - NAB HQ : National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ATTATURK AVENUE G-5/2, Islamabad"
  3. ^ About us - National Accountability Bureau
  4. ^ Human Rights Watch World Report 2001 - Pakistan
  5. ^ Human Rights Watch World Report 2007 - Pakistan

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