Rs 43 million expenses incurred on foreign tours of Nawaz Sharif, VVIPs not paid so far: PAC sub-committee told

BY SIDDEEQ SAJID

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ISLAMABAD, April 09 : It was disclosed in the meeting of subcommittee of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the expenses amounting to over Rs 43 million incurred on 9 visits of London and New York by Nawaz Sharif and other VVIPs during Nawaz regime have not been paid so far.
A PIA plane was used for film shooting in Malta, it was further disclosed.
Meeting was held under Raja Riaz in Friday. The scrutiny of irregularities in aviation division during Nawaz Sharif regime and PIA matters came under discussion in the meeting.
Audit told the committee PIA failed in achieving its sales targets during 2017-18. The sales target of Rs 11.63 billion could not be achieved at foreign stations. PIA property remained unutilized in New York which caused loss of Rs 92 million. The salaries and allowances were paid but property remained unutilized.
PIA CEO Arshid Malik said this building has been rented out at 5700 dollar per month now. Those who kept it unutilized have been retired and no action can be taken against them. New SOPs are being implemented, he added.
PIA CEO exploded against PIA board saying what was done in the past the board is not ready to regularize it.
Noor Alam said PIA is not providing senitizers to passengers and even water is not provided. One seat is not left vacant due to corona virus.

Audit told the committee Nawaz Sharif and VVIPs undertook 9 visits of London and New York during Nawaz Sharif regime. The expenses amounting to over Rs 43 millions incurred on these visits have not been paid so far.
PAC while deciding to write a letter to foreign office for recovery of expenses said these expenses be recovered.
The matter of purchase of 2 planes illegally on dry lease was handed over to NAB.
Audit told the committee that purchase of these two planes caused loss to the tune of Rs 8.3 billion. One PIA plane was used for film shooting in Malta. The illegal use of this plane caused loss of Rs 23 million to the national kitty.
The committee directed that NAB should complete the investigation into this matter as soon as possible.
NAB said we are seeing this matter.

Committee members said this matter be brought to the notice of chairman NAB and he be informed about committee directives.
Audit said in the meeting that loss amounting to Rs 678 million was caused due to appointment of officers in PIA on fake degrees.
Arshid Malik replied 477 out of 814 officers holding fake degrees have been sacked. 764 cases have been referred to FIA and 23 cases are pending hearing in the courts.