ISLAMABAD - Minister for Law and Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Moula Bakhsh Chandio told the National Assembly on Monday that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has recovered an amount of Rs 9528 million from the accused during the last three years.

Replying to a question during the Question Hour, he said that the NAB being an anti-corruption organization had authorized 871 inquiries while completed 587 inquiries during the said period. He added that out of the total inquiries, 278 investigations were authorized while completed 335 investigations including backlog of the previous year. The minister said that around 253 references were filed in the courts after the completion of investigation.

To another question, Minister for Postal Services Sardar Muhammad Umar Gorgeij told the House that a summary has been sent to the Prime Minister for setting up of 730 new post offices across the country.

Replying to supplementary question, he said that the Cabinet has already approved establishment of new post offices. And recruitments would be made in transparent manner soon after approval of the summery, he said.

He said that currently no one was recruited in Pakistan Post on regular or contract basis. However, he said that some persons were inducted on daily wages. The minister said that there is no proposal under consideration to make the Pakistan Post as corporation.

Meanwhile, Minister for Textiles Makhdoom Shahabudin informed the House that the Department of Archaeology and Museums protected 403 archaeological sites and historical monuments under Antiquities Act, 1975. The departments had also set up 13 museums in the country since 1947 for preservation and display of the cultural heritage artifacts for the public.