ACEB Director Abdul Wahid Kakar during an interactive session with journalists

Staff Reporter:

QUETTA: In a significant stride towards intensifying the fight against corruption, the Anti-Corruption Establishment Balochistan (ACEB) has inaugurated a Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) under a pioneering project funded by the U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL). The initiative, implemented through Accountability Lab, aims to fortify ACEB’s capabilities in tackling the evolving patterns and intricate nature of financial crimes.

Mr. Abdul Wahid Kakar, Director of ACEB, stressed the urgency of adopting a proactive approach in combating corruption, especially considering the dynamic landscape of financial crimes. The agency grapples with multifaceted challenges, including identifying corrupt transactions, unraveling crime patterns, locating stolen assets, and navigating situations involving multiple jurisdictions for asset repatriation and confiscation. Addressing these challenges necessitates a specialized unit equipped with enhanced investigative capabilities and resources.

FIU Is Poised To Bolster ACEB’s Endeavors

The newly established FIU is poised to bolster ACEB’s endeavors in investigating corruption and money laundering cases within the province. Beyond conducting inquiries and investigations, the unit will play a pivotal role in sharing information on corruption cases with other law enforcement agencies at strategic levels.

Mr. Yasir Amanat, Program Specialist for Rule of Law, and Corrections at INL lauded ACEB for taking a proactive lead in implementing this crucial project. Recognizing the indispensable role of the media in reporting on corruption cases, Mr. Kakar emphasized the pivotal role of journalists as allies in advancing ACEB’s mission. He underscored that journalist support is paramount in exposing corrupt practices, advocating for transparency, and mobilizing citizen engagement to fortify anti-corruption efforts.

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