The 19th Advisory Board Meeting of NIOC was held on Friday 07 May 2021 at 3 pm. The following participated: Tariq Parvez, Zahid Hussain, Samina Ahmed and Jawaid Akhtar. Zubair Habib had a court appearance and could not attend. NIOC directorate: Tariq Khosa, Ejaz Hussain, Ali Nekokara and Hassan Sardar. Consultants: Saroop Ijaz and Ammar Jaffri.

Director informed the Board about non-attendance of meetings for continuous 5 months by Fasi Zaka who is facing some personal issues and therefore would not be able to continue as Member AB. His services since inception of NIOC in November 2019 were lauded.

President AB Tariq Parvez suggested the name of Dr Manzoor Ahmad, a retired officer of the Customs Service who was former ambassador to WTO. All the board members supported this suggestion. Director NIOC undertook to formally request Dr Manzoor to accept becoming a Member of NIOC AB.

Director NIOC shared a Concept Note of a 3-month long study to be carried out by NIOC on Connectivity and Criminality in the context of CPEC. This study was commissioned by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (GI TOC). Some very useful suggestions were made by the president and other board members. Zahid Hussain undertook to share his paper on CPEC written for IFRI and Samina Ahmed informed about the ICG Report in 2018 on CPEC. Both these resources would add value to the current study. Data collection would be a challenge. However, the NIOC team headed by Deputy Director Ejaz Hussain would contact all relevant stakeholders to compile data on the basis of questions developed out of the concept note.

Director NIOC discussed the proposal to be submitted to GI TOC on Study of Serious and Organized Crime in Pakistan. This important work will be done from July to December 2021. AB Members undertook to give their input within a week on the written draft proposal shared with them.

Organized Crime Review for April 2021 was completed by Director PIPS Amir Rana. It would be shared with relevant stakeholders.

The monthly CE Watch for April 2021 was prepared by DD Ejaz Hussain, assisted by Manager Ops Hassan Sardar.

The monthly Newsletter for April 2021 was compiled by Manager Ops Hassan Sardar.

20th Monthly AB Meeting will be held virtually on Friday 04 June 2021 at 3 pm.