AGP has no power to audit amounts spent on national security, SC told


Attorney General (AG) Muneer A Malik told the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday that the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) had no authority to audit amounts spent on national security matters.
A three-member bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the Intelligence Bureau (IB) secret fund case on Friday.
The CJ inquired from Malik if any approval had been given in the finance bill implying that audit of secret agencies could not be carried out.
In response the AG said audit of all agencies could be conducted but the AGP had no powers to audit the amount spent on the matters related to national security.
The court inquired if secret funds for sensitive agencies were liable to be audited or otherwise per the constitution.
In reply the AG prayed that he be allowed some time to seek directions from the government in this respect following which he would explain the legal and constitutional points the court was interested in knowing.
The court allowed two weeks to Malik for the said purpose and adjourned the hearing.