Pinpointing wrongdoings: ‘Track of corruption destroyed by burning records’

Opposition leader says Punjab is on top in corruption, lawlessness

Our Correspondent January 29, 2017

LAHORE: The ruling party is involved in corruption of billions of rupees in megaprojects under way in Punjab and people involved in the scandals are smartly removing traces by burning records.

These allegations were levelled by Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Mehmoodur Rasheed on Sunday while speaking during an event organised to review the performance of the provincial government.

Mehmood pointed out the Auditor General of Pakistan had unearthed Rs2 billion illegal payments in its audit report regarding Lahore Metro Bus. He said people responsible for the embezzlement had burnt records in LDA Plaza fire in 2014 to save their skin.

As per the National Accountability Bureau report, he said, over Rs750 million were embezzled in Danish Schools. Similarly, Rs70 million were wasted in laptop scheme, while Rs30 billion were embezzled in Sasti Roti Scheme and most of the record had been destroyed. “Nandipur Power Project is another example of ruling party’s corruption,” he maintained.

He said Punjab was on top in corruption and lawlessness. “There is no system of health, education and provision of clean drinking water as these basic necessities are not on the government’s priority list,” he said. “Public money is being spent on roads, bridges and luxuries of rulers.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2017.


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