PAC directs govt to amend laws for expediting pending court cases


ISLAMABAD: Public Accounts Committee’s Monitoring  and Implementation Committee on Thursday directed the government to make amendments in the relevant laws so that the pending cases in the courts of law could be expedited. The committee was convened by Rana Afzaal Hussain on Thursday which examined the audit reports of the ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and Pakistan State Oil (PSO) for year 1996-97, 1999-2000 and 2000-01. Member Committee Mian Abdul Manan observed that after committed embezzlements, the accused were able to get stay in the courts of law. As a result, the cases against corrupts linger on in the courts for long and they took benefits of the situation.  The sub-committee of (PAC) also expressed its displeasure over  unsatisfactory performance of legal team of PSO and directed the ministry to replace them with some professionals who can sort out the legal issues. He said that the government should bring amendments in the existing laws so that the cases filed by government would be expedited. The committee was informed that Raji and Hajwari airliners have been defaulter of Rs 158 million of Punjab government since 1998-99. They had taken un-secure loans against the fuel. The cases were referred to NAB for further investigation while these cases were also pending in courts of law since long. Officials of Audit further informed the committee that PSO administration signed a hiring contract with a private party to set up an office, In this regard advance payment of Rs 4.475 million was paid. The case was in NAB after owner refused to refund the amount. In another case, during 1995 to 1996 M/s Supreme Carriage were paid Rs 20.73 million on bogus bills; however no recovery so far been made in this regard. The committee sought detail from PSO management till July 24. 

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