Uproar in Balochistan PA over Raisani corruption case


The Balochistan Assembly on Saturday witnessed an uproar over financial corruption of suspended finance secretary Mushtaq Ahmed Raisani as the treasury and opposition benches traded allegations against each other.

At the onset of the session, Deputy Opposition leader and MPA of Awami National Party Engineer Zamarak Piralizai asked for permission to address the House regarding the corruption case against suspended finance secretary Mushtaq Raisani. However, the speaker refused to allow him time to speak on the issue.

Piralizai refused to sit down and began his speech. He alleged that several big names were involved in the massive corruption of funds of the Public Sector Development Program and Local Government Department. He said that Mushtaq Raisani was not the only person involved in the scandal, and demanded that the entire Balochistan cabinet resign from their positions.

Addressing the House, former Balochistan chief minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch rejected allegations of financial corruption against him.

He said that he never indulged in embezzlement of government funds. He said that some big names of the previous government were involved in selling out lands of Reko Diq and Gwadar.

He demanded formation of an inquiry committee of the house to probe the allegations of corruption against him and the opposition leader.

Provincial Minister Abdul Raheem Ziaratwal moved a resolution which reads that before the passage of 18th Amendment into the Constitution, the federal government provided financial assistance to retired labourers through Old Age Benefits Institution Pension Workers Fund under Workers Welfare Funds Ordinance 1971.

The resolution demanded of the provincial government to approach the federal government to keep payments under Old Age Benefits Institution Pension Workers Fund under its control.

The Speaker put the resolution to the house which passed it unanimously.