LAHORE: PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rashid has written a letter to MQM chief Altaf Hussain and Law Minister Babar Awan affixed with a report of the State Bank of Pakistan-2000-01 containing all data related to ‘Qarz Utaro Aur Mulk Sanwaro’ scheme launched by former prime minister and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif in 1997.
PML-N spokesman Pevaiz Rashid told The Express Tribune that he dispatched the letters along with the SBP report on Tuesday. He said the data concerning the scheme had been available on the report’s page numbers 127-128, which made it loud and clear that all the money collected under the scheme was spent for the noble cause.
He told Hussain in the letter that because of load of work, he might not have studied the report. “So for his convenience, he is sending the SBP report that disclosed with clarity that the amount of the scheme was submitted in the official account number of the State Bank of Pakistan instead of anyone’s personal bank account.” He said details of the report were easily accessible at the SBP website (www.sbp.org.pk <http://www.sbp.org.pk>).
“After going through the report, I hope you will comment on the transparency of the scheme in accordance with tangible facts and visible statistics,” he wrote to Hussain.
Rashid said that a similar letter had also been sent to Law Minister Babar Awan, asking him to study the report and rationalise his stance on the scheme.
Another PML-N leader said that according to the State Bank report, an amount of $178.3 million was collected under the scheme which was used to repay foreign loans and strengthen the national economy.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 1st, 2010.
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