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Monday, December 20, 2010

Rehman Malik admits Riyals 1.6m corruption in Hajj scam

ISLAMABAD, Dec 20 : The Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said there was reportedly 1.6 million Riyals corruption made in Hajj arrangements during the current season.

Speaking in the National Assembly here on Monday, Rehman Malik said that on the directives of Interior Ministry, several accused, including former DG Hajj Rao Shakeel had been arrested and investigation was going on, details of which would be provided to the Parliament soon.

However, he highlighted the importance of improving Hajj policy for which the Ministry of Interior would indicate grey areas where there were chances of corruption.

He said that there was a need to keep check on agents, who only operate during Hajj season.

He said that the Interior Ministry had launched an anti-corruption campaign and sacked several officers for their involvement in corruption adding that the ministry would keep on informing the parliament about its progress.

Terming the Transparency International's survey as substandard, he said that its recent report which ranked Pakistan at 34th place was not based on facts adding that 34.5 percent of the information was taken from a single channel out of which 98 percent was based on lies.

He said that the reports should not be made on gossips adding that "investors have run away as they consider us corrupt".

Replying to the observations of leader of the opposition in the national assembly Chaudhry Nisar, regarding US interference in Pakistan's national matters, Rehman Malik urged the House to constitute a committee to make rules and regulations for dealing and working with foreigners.

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