Min­is­ter un­earths Rs 36m cor­rup­tion in Hajj ar­range­ments

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­te­rior, Rehman Ma­lik told the Na­tional Assem­bly on Mon­day that there was re­port­edly over Rs.36 mil­lion (1.6 mil­lion Riyals) cor­rup­tion made in Hajj ar­range­ments dur­ing the cur­rent sea­son.

He said that on the di­rec­tives of In­te­rior Min­istry, sev­eral ac­cused, in­clud­ing for­mer DG Hajj Rao Sha­keel had been ar­rested and in­ves­ti­ga­tion was go­ing on, de­tails of which would be pro­vided to the par­lia­ment soon.

He, how­ever, high­lighted the im­por­tance of im­prov­ing Hajj pol­icy for

which the Min­istry of In­te­rior would in­di­cate grey ar­eas where there were chances of cor­rup­tion.

He said that there was a need to keep check on agents, who only op­er­ate dur­ing Hajj sea­son. He said that the min­istry had launched an anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign and sacked sev­eral of­fi­cers for their in­volve­ment in cor­rup­tion adding that the min­istry would keep on in­form­ing the par­lia­ment about its progress.

Terming the Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional's sur­vey as sub­stan­dard, he said that its re­cent re­port which ranked Pak­istan at 34th place was not based on facts adding that 34.5 per­cent of the in­for­ma­tion was taken from a sin­gle chan­nel out of which 98 per­cent was based on lies. He said that the re­ports should not be made on gos­sips adding that "in­vestors have run away as they con­sider us cor­rupt".

Re­ply­ing to the ob­ser­va­tions made by Chaudhry Nisar, Leader of the Op­po­si­tion in the Na­tional Assem­bly rgard­ing US in­ter­fer­ence in Pak­istan's na­tional mat­ters, Ma­lik urged the House to con­sti­tute a com­mit­tee to frame rules and reg­u­la­tions for deal­ing and work­ing with for­eign­ers.

About Umar Cheema, a jour­nal­ist, he said that a re­port re­gard­ing his tor­ture would be put be­fore the par­lia­ment in next ses­sion.

More­over, an­gry peo­ple be­set by the in­or­di­nate de­lays in restor­ing in­fra­struc­ture in flood-hit district Shangla and Kalam and in Khy­berPukhtunkhwa threat­ened to de­stroy elec­tric­ity tow­ers if their griev­ances were not re­dressed any sooner. "Peo­ple have started talk­ing about this now," Pro­vin­cial Pres­i­dent of PML-Q in KP, MNA Amir Muqam said this on his Point of Or­der in the Na­tional Assem­bly on Mon­day. Amir Muqam ap­pealed the au­thor­i­ties concerned both at the Cen­ter and in the KP to re­store elec­tric­ity sup­ply to these ar­eas that was dis­rupted by the floods five months ago. -App

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