A special committee has been formed to probe irregular appointments, out-of-turn promotions and tampering of official records in the National Engineering Services of Pakistan (NESPAK).
The committee was formed on Friday by the sub-committee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Ministry of Water and Power. The special committee will also assign blame for the irregular promotions.
The special committee consists of representatives from the Ministry of Water and Power, the Establishment Division and Auditor General of Pakistan. It will submit its report in seven days (December 7), a participant of the meeting told The Express Tribune.
MNA Yasmin Rehman had convened the PAC sub-committee. MNA Ayaz Sadiq, MNA Noorul Haq, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials also participated in the meeting.
NESPAK officials refused to appear before the committee on Friday, saying that they would do so only if called jointly.
The legislators directed the Ministry of Water and Power to initiate action against all those who refused to appear before the committee.
The committee asked FIA Corporate Crime Circle Additional Director Lahore Syed Javed Shah to begin criminal proceedings against the NESPAK officials.
The special committee analysed the report of the Auditor General of Pakistan.
The report pointed out that NESPAK officials had concealed some facts from the auditors.
During the proceedings, the sub committee was told that the NESPAK Managing Director Asad Khan had misused his authority.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 1st, 2012.
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