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SC reserves verdict in fund release case during Parvez Ashraf’s tenure

SC reserves verdict in fund release case during Parvez Ashraf’s tenure

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday reserved ruling in a case pertaining to use of discretionary funds and development schemes in Raja Pervez Ashraf’s tenure as prime minister.

The court said action should be taken against those who approved the non-transparent development schemes after reviewing all the projects. The court has ordered the concerned authority to review all the development schemes. The court said that the money of the schemes be released which already have been completed.

It also said that all the development schemes be reviewed to ascertain whether rules were followed or not.

The court ordered an evaluation of all the incomplete schemes to ascertain whether they were in public interest or not. The court also said that the action should be taken against the people involved in the non-transparent approval of projects.

A three member bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad Khawaja and Justice Sheikh heard the case.

The court also ordered an evaluation of all the incomplete schemes to ascertain whether they were in public interest or not. The court said that the money of the impractical schemes should be deposited in the national kitty.

Chief justice said that the prime minister is not the king, adding he is elected representative and could not distribute national money in his favourite people, adding prima facie Raja Parvez Ashraf used these funds according to his wishes. Chief justice said that the benefits of the national money could not reached to masses, adding that there is situation of uncertainty everywhere, adding that the funds were also released for those people who did not ask for them. Chief justice said that the legal requirements should be fulfilled for the issuance of these funds, adding that the development works are duty of the local bodies institutions.

Chief justice said that PEPRA rulers were not followed in 5000 development schemes, adding that the finance ministry should have remained reserved because the past government was completing its tenure. Justice Jawwad Khawaja said that these funds could be used in the natural disasters but in normal times these could not be used by violating the rules. Chief justice said that if bureaucracy performs its duty then the good governance could be brought in country. Chief justice said that the local bodies institutions are the forum of the development projects, adding that the parliament is not the forum of development works. Chief justice questioned what is the reason of identification of development schemes by the non-elected people. The counsel of the Balochistan government Khawaja Muhammad Harris said that anyone could point out the needs, adding that the development funds could only be spent by following the legal procedure.

Justice Azmat Saeed said that the contracts, which have been given by violating the PEPRA laws, would go in dustbin. The court reserved the judgment of case and it would be announced late on.

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