NAB trial courts conviction rate termed remarkable

NAB trial courts conviction rate termed remarkable
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ISLAMABAD: (APP) National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has secured 77.7 per cent conviction rate in trial courts with 35 convictions and 10 acquittals during first half of this year.

During same period last year, the conviction rate was 36.8 per cent. The percentage is much higher than last six years statistics (averaging 43.7%).

This was informed during a meeting held here with Chairman NAB , Qamar Zaman Chaudhry in chair to review performance of Prosecution Division of Bureau for second quarter, starting from April 1 to June 30, 2016.

In a briefing, Prosecutor General Accountability (PGA) informed that there was a significant increase in quantity of convictions which came in 35 cases (152.1 per cent more) against average of 26 convictions during last six proceeding years.

On the occasion, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said NAB was committed to performing its national duty for a corruption-free Pakistan by adopting Zero Tolerance Policy across the board.

He said overall performance of Prosecution Division and Regional Bureaus of NAB is very good and has shown improvement over previous year.

Earlier, PGA informed that Prosecution Division , besides, providing legal opinion, legal assistance to NAB Operations Division and all Regional Bureaus of NAB in conduct of inquires investigations as per law and laid down SOPs, pleads cases in respective Accountability Courts, High Courts and Supreme Court.

He said under leadership of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry , the Prosecution Division has been revamped by inducting experienced and well educated legal consultants/special prosecutors.

He said due to constant deliberations and proper monitoring, performance of Prosecution Division has been improved.

Presenting performance analysis, the PGA said statistics showed an enhanced performance of Prosecution Division in second quarter of 2016 which included: Trial at Accountability Courts ratio 76 per cent, Appeals at High Court 64.9 per cent, Writ Petitions Ratio at High Court 75 per cent, Constitutional Petitions at Supreme Court of Pakistan Upheldness ration 69 per cent and Appeals at Supreme Court ration 66.6 per cent.

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