The Pakistan Peoples Party has challenged Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to come out clean on details of payments to independent power plants (IPP) for clearing the circular debt and making public the website on which this information is claimed to have been uploaded. The finance minister in an interview published in a local daily on Monday claimed that payments to IPPs had been made transparently and that details had been placed on the web. Senator Farhatullah Babar said that a search of the websites of ministries of finance and water and power, Wapda and Ogra revealed that no such details had been placed. He said that the information on the finance ministry website was about a meeting that simply mentioned that a sum of Rs322 billion has been paid to the IPPs.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2013.