Posts tagged ‘action’

July 2, 2011

Action Needed: Government asked to take steps to restore gas, power

Due to hours of gas load shedding and power suspension, manufacturing activities of the hosiery industry had been affected drastically.

FAISALABAD: 

The Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturer and Exporters Association (PHMEA) North Zone demanded the government to take immediate steps for the provision of power and gas to save the industry from collapse and boost exports.

PHMEA Chairman Salamat Ali told reporters on Friday that due to hours of gas load shedding and power suspension, manufacturing activities of the hosiery industry had been affected drastically.

The experts of the hosiery industry were facing difficulties fulfilling their export commitments with foreign buyers, leading to declining markets, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2011.

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July 1, 2011

NLC SCAM: PAC extends deadline for action against ex-generals

The committee had set June 30 as the final deadline.

ISLAMABAD: 

As the army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) failed to meet what was considered the final deadline, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) – parliament’s most powerful accountability arm – has given the armed forces two more days to submit their report on the involvement of three former generals in the multi-billion-rupee National Logistic Cell (NLC) scam, sources said.

A committee constituted by the General Headquarters was supposed to submit its report about the alleged involvement of three former army generals – in the financial scam by June 30 – which, according to the PAC chairman, was the ‘final deadline’.

“We needed more time, but the PAC secretariat has given us two more days,” a defence official told The Express Tribune on Thursday.

Following an inquiry, the PAC, headed by the leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, had held Lt General (retd) Khalid Munir Khan, Lt General (retd) Mohammad Afzal Muzzafar, Major General (retd) Khalid Zaheer Akhtar and a top bureaucrat responsible for causing a Rs1.8 billion-loss to the national kitty.

The PAC had recommended that the GHQ to take action and recover the losses from the former top military officials concerned in the NLC scam, which dates back to 2008.

Between 2003 and 2008, the management of the NLC – the commercial logistic arm of the military – borrowed Rs4.2 billion from commercial banks and invested the money alongwith pensioners’ funds to invest in the stock market.

Since February 2009, the PAC has been struggling to reach a conclusion in the closely-watched case.

Although the PAC appears determined, it has so far refrained from announcing the penalties. During its meeting on June 13, defence officials had told the committee that the GHQ’s internal ‘Court of Inquiry’ had completed its report and the military top brass was reviewing it, after which it will be submitted to the parliamentary committee.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2011.

June 30, 2011

NPF land scam: Secretary forms committee for action

 Sub-committee to prepare terms of reference.

LAHORE: 

A high-level meeting of the administration committee convened by the interior secretary was held to prepare a plan of action for the registration of a criminal case against PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan, proprietor of Land Linkers, two former IGPs as well as former managing director (MD) of the National Police Foundation (NPF) for embezzling Rs6 billion in a land scam, The Express Tribune has learnt.


Interior Secretary Qamar Zaman constituted a three-member subcommittee comprising Commandant National Police Academy (NPA), IGP Gilgit-Baltistan and IGP Azad Kashmir to prepare terms of reference regarding illegalities in the land deal as well as registration of a criminal case against the accused for colluding to deprive the foundation of land for a housing society it had paid for in full.


Zaman directed Qureshi to present a report on the scam to the subcommittee. The committee will meet again on July 2.


Qureshi wrote to the IGP Islamabad to register an FIR against Khan and the police officials who collaborated with him in line with the Supreme Court orders, but the Islamabad police have so far refused to cooperate.


Since it is a high profile case, ‘senior most officers who enjoy a good reputation may please be directed to supervise the investigation personally,’ stated the letter. A copy of the letter was also sent to the SC Registrar.


The names of the accused have been placed on the ECL on Qureshi’s request, according to sources.