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PAC seeks record of five star hotel’s corruption scam

ISLAMABAD August 31(Online): Chairman Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Syed Khurshid Shah has reprimanded Director Estate of Capital Development Authority (CDA) on giving wrong details about corruption scandal of Grand Hayyat Hotel and sought complete record of corruption scam.

Members of PAC said that civil judges who issued stay orders to corrupt peoples against our decisions are more powerful than us.

They “members of PAC” unanimously gave suggestion stating if “we want to eradicate corruption from the country then PAC would have to be strengthened adding that rules and power must be amended to bring back the plundered money from the jaws of the elite class.”

The meeting of PAC was held under the chairmanship of Syed khurshid Shah. Auditor General of Pakistan Rana Asad Ameen told the committee that 119 billion of rupees has been recovered owing to PAC. He said that if more powers are given to PAC and AGP then recovery of plundering money could be doubled.

Former CDA’s chairman Kamran Lashari allotted the plot for the construction of five star Grand Hayyat Hotel on low price during Pervaiz Musharaf’s government in federal capital, revealed the committee.

Syed Khurshid Shah said that CDA has presented different documents in every briefing regarding the scandal of five star hotel.

He said that this project was 350 feet high at the start but later on it was increased up to 750 feet adding that brigadier Nasrullah, member planning Kamran Qureshi, former member CDA Asad Munir and doctor Faisal Awan are involved in this scandal.

Chariman Employees Old age Benefits Investment (EOBI) Farooqi told the committee that officers of Zardari and Zafar Gondal government in connivance with each other gave the contract of two bungalows in Sialkot only in five million rupees while one million to designer company.

PAC ordered Farooqi that strict rules and regulation should be formed to eliminate corruption in the country.

Farooqi said that EOBI is giving pension to five lac people; however after the 18th amendment this ministry has been transferred to provinces due to which problems are being faced.

PAC directed to take all these problems into Council of Common Trust. Officials were directed to complete the projects that were started in Asif’s government and form the board of EOBI to address the problems.

Bolan dam project was also discussed by the chairman of PAC. He said that we have suggested speaker of National Assembly to form the secretariat for PAC.

Mehmood Khan Achakzai said that if we want to strengthen the PAC then we have to empower the Parliament.

Secretary Overseas Pakistanis Khzizr Hayyat Khan told the committee that allowances of EOBI’s officers have been ended, adding that officers who were appointed on deputation looted billions of rupees.