ISLAMABAD     -   The Public Accounts Commit­tee (PAC) on Wednesday direct­ed the Auditor General of Paki­stan to conduct forensic audit of the National Assembly and Senate secretariats. 

A meeting of the PAC was held under the chair of MNA Noor Alam Khan in the Parlia­ment House to examine the ap­propriation of accounts of the National Assembly and Senate secretariats for the year 2018-19. 

During the meeting mat­ter related to the recent visit of Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf to Canada also came under discussion. 

Secretary National Assembly clarified that in the said visit, there were only two MNAs in­cluding NA Speaker and three officials. He said out of these three, the expenses of two of­ficials were borne by the spon­sors. 

After getting an explanation, PAC showed displeasure re­garding a baseless news item published in a section of the press regarding the said visit to Canada. 

The Chairman PAC however directed the Auditor General of Pakistan to conduct a foren­sic audit of the National Assem­bly Secretariat of the last one year regarding appointments, promotions and foreign visits made by MNAs and officers/of­ficials of the National Assembly. 

It was also directed to the auditors to conduct audits re­garding honorarium paid to the employees of the National As­sembly and Senate secretariats, Finance Division and Federal Board of Revenue. 

Meanwhile, the committee also expressed its displeasure over a letter written by the Sen­ate Secretariat to the PAC re­garding removal of glass walls established in the corridor in front of the office of the Chair­man Senate. 

The committee members said the letter was to undermine the authority of the PAC to issue such directives. PAC observed that the committee has the rep­resentation of the both houses therefore; the committee reit­erated its earlier directive and directed the secretary Senate to remove the glass walls es­tablished in the corridors in front of the office of the Chair­man Senate. 

The PAC also directed the Deputy Commissioner Islam­abad to stop the use of the name of National Assembly and Senate by the managements of the National Assembly and Senate Secretariat’s employees cooperative societies. 

The committee directed the secretaries of the Senate and National Assembly secretariats to cancel NOC issued in favour of these cooperative housing societies pertaining to use the name of both the houses. 

Moreover, a briefing was giv­en by the Deputy Commission­er, Islamabad on National As­sembly and Senate Secretariat employees cooperative hous­ing societies. 

The Committee after in-depth discussion recommend­ed the Deputy Commissioner to ensure the right of the reg­istered members and also en­sure transparency in the affairs of the societies;