NLC scam: former generals restored for court martial
ISLAMABAD - Services of three retired generals of Pakistan Army have been restored for their court martial in the NLC scam case.During meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, NAB officials briefed it about NLC scam involving billions of rupees corruption. They said that NAB Chairman has held three meetings with Chief of Army Staff about the matter.They said the army officers involved in the scandal are Lt General (r) Khalid Munir, Lt General (r) Afzal Muzaffar and Major General (r) Zaheer Akhtar. They said that Army says it would inquire the cases of three generals involved in the scandal while NAB was holding inquiries about civilians. NAB officials said in the beginning GHQ was not cooperating in the case at which they warned to forcibly take all the relevant record under the NAB ordinance. Now the GHQ has agreed to hand over the entire record. They further said that they have been informed that the three generals have been restored on service for court martial. Audit officials said they have been informed that proceedings of court martial against three generals have already been started. Chairman of PAC Nadeem Afal Gondal observed that these are delaying tactics and remarked that while action is taken immediately against post office officials while there is delay in the cases of VIPs.The PAC asked the Defence Secretary to submit a report about progress in the case in fifteen days and asked NAB to provide the relevant record.The Director General NLC Major General Junaid told the committee that the department has retrieved loan of Rs 9.5 billion and this year it earned a profit of Rs 6.5 billion. He said the NLC was no more transporting goods of Afghan transit trade which is a business of Rs 100 billion. He said if the government so desires, they can get this contract once again. Member of the Committee Hamid Yar Hiraj said that smuggling has increased after the Afghan Transit trade contract was given to the private sector.Secretary Planning Commission Javed Malik informed the PAC that 191 projects would be completed during the current financial year and it is effort of the government that no new project is launched till December so that work is completed on the ongoing projects.APP adds: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday directed the Ministry of Planning and Development to improve financial discipline and sought details within 15 days on the foreign tours of government officers and training programmes they had attended abroad.The committee also directed the ministry to release development funds on time so that all identified projects could be completed within stipulated time.The Public Accounts Committee met here under the chair of Chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal.The committee was apprised by the Secretary Planning and Development that around Rs 360 billion has been allocated for development projects during current financial year.He said around 191 projects had been identified for current fiscal while out of those 81 projects are scheduled to complete by this year’s end.“We also desire that there should be zero saving in the account of development funds and the amount allocated for development funds must be utilized on the specified projects of public representatives”, said the PAC chairman.The PAC also directed that funds must be released to National Highway Authority so it can complete work to improve the country’s roads network. The committee was apprised that huge amount has been released for the construction of Northern bypass and that 50 per cent funds have been released for raising of Mangla Dam. Moreover, funds have also been released for the construction of Lahore Expo Center.The PAC also directed the ministry of Defence to submit detailed report on the scandal of the National Logistics Cell within 15 days.Director General NLC apprised the committee that NLC was a profit earning organization and has paid back all debts.