Punjab govt embezzled Rs 1.75b over dengue: APML


The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) on Sunday asked the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the embezzlement of Rs 1.75 billion by the Punjab government in the name of dengue spraying in the province.
Addressing a press conference at the APML provincial secretariat, APML spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said the dengue outbreak had proven beneficial for the Punjab government who had embezzled billions from the dengue fund. He was presenting the APML’s ‘White Paper’ on the Punjab government’s performance on the dengue outbreak, Chaudhry demanded the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) reveal its investigation reports on fake sprays in Punjab and the Public Accounts Committee of the Punjab Assembly should ask for details for the sprays from the Punjab government and its spraying strategy.
He said the Punjab government had disbursed approximately Rs 1.75 billion to fight dengue, but the spray seemed to have spread the disease rather than eradicate it. He said experts claimed the amount of spray procured for Lahore was enough to cure the entire South Asian region of dengue. He added that over 216 people had lost their lives to dengue, while over 23,805 had been infected with the disease.
He said the Punjab Health Minister, the Punjab Chief Minister himself, had not been made accountable for the outbreak which had cost at least 216 lives. He accused the CM of prioritising the Kalma Chowk flyover over his duties as Punjab Health Minister. He said Shahbaz had assumed the additional charge of 14 ministries and it was impossible to do justice to all of them for a single man.
He said, “Not only does this constitute heinous negligence, it is a joke on democracy, members of the Punjab Assembly and was a humiliation for PML-N members in the parliament. He also claimed 70 percent of dengue patients were not included in the Punjab Health Departments statistics.