ACE Punjab has recovered 108 bn : Buzdar

LAHORE: The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) of Punjab has recovered about Rs108 billion, said to be a “historic” amount in the past year, provincial Chief Minister Usman Buzdar announced in a tweet on Sunday.


Out of the total sum retrieved, ACE made a direct recovery of Rs1.63billion and an indirect recovery of Rs2.81billion. More than Rs103billion were retrieved in land recovery.

“The foundation of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) has been laid on the elimination of corruption and impartial accountability,” the tweet stated.

During the period of August 2018-19, the corruption watchdog resolved 27,127 complaints out of the 26,588 that were lodged concerning to corrupt practices, the tweet added. About 5,410 inquiries were initiated, out of which verdicts on 8,726 have been issued. The ACE, after “complete investigation”, registered 5,410 cases and have issued verdicts in 2,014.

The unit also issued 1,019 challans and conducted 280 raids. About 1,821 arrests were also made, the tweet said. It added that over the past one year, the ACE had arrested 40 suspects who were absconding and 257 accused who were wanted by the body.

“The process of accountability will continue so that public’s trust in institutions can be revived.”

The announcement hits the light in less than two months after the Punjab government removed Ejaz Hussain Shah as ACE director general over “poor performance”.

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