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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ch. Nisar asks DG Radio Pakistan to leave PAC meeting after declaring him 'alien'

ISLAMABAD, Dec 09: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which met here on Thursday, asked Director General Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, (PBC) Radio Pakistan, Murtaza Solangi, to leave the meeting while declaring him alien in the session. The PAC meeting also directed the Auditor General of Pakistan for furnishing the details of secret funds owned by all the federal ministries including the Ministry for Information and Broadcasting.

According to details, the Public Accounts Committee, which met here at the Parliament House with Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Yasmeen Rehman in chair, reviewed the financial matters of Ministry for Information and Broadcasting.

The other members of the committee Riaz Fatyana, Zahid Hamid, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Pervez Malik, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Nadeem Afzal, Secretary Information and Broadcasting, SohailMansoor and officials of the Audit and other concerned department were also present in the meeting.

The Committee was informed that Director General Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Murtaza Solangi, whose contract has been expired on June 15 this year, was still holding the office. Upon this revelation, the PAC Chairman Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan declared the DG Radio Pakistan alien and directed him to leave the meeting. He also directed the Secretary Information to stop salary and other privileges of the DG PBC as well.

Later, the other members of the Committee disclosed that Chairman SME Bank, DG Health Department, and Chairman PARC were also holding the offices despite expiry of their contract. The Chairman PAC also directed the concerned Ministries to stop remunerations and other privileges of the concerned officers.

During the meeting, the Audit officials informed the Committee about secret fund of worth 270 million for Institute of Regional Studies to whom details were not provided to the Audit officials. The Secretary Ministry for Information informed the meeting that this secret fund of Rs. 270 million had legal cover which has been established for the past 35 years and permission by the President of the Sate is sought prior to using that fund. He added that a significant improvement is being witnessed in the positive role of media by using this fund through Institute of Regional Studies.

Member of the Committee Riaz Hussain Pirzad objected that the government uses that secret fund to press the Opposition and demanded to open the details of this fund.

The Public Accounts Committee directed that Auditor General of Pakistan to present details of the secret funds owned by all the Federal Ministries including the Ministry for Information before the Committee in next meeting.

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