SC and Wapda

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As per press reports printed on 1 November, the Supreme Court ordered the initiation of cases against corrupt officials of Pakistan Railways responsible for destroying the organisation and directed sending the cases to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The court directed Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq to take complete information about corrupt officials of the Pakistan Railways involved in selling scrap on lower rates and then send their cases to National Accountability Bureau. The court also asked the attorney general to send the cases of officials to National Accountability Bureau who were involved in purchasing electricity bulbs of Rs 7 for Rs 400.

It was heartening to note that Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered against prevailing widespread corruption in Pakistan Railways. I request the Chief Justice to order similar type of action against high level embezzlement prevailing in Wapda which is no less than Pakistan Railways, if not more at all. Two prime ministers have already called it “white elephant”.

There was a Rs 90 billion embezzlement in only one year in Wapda. This is not the first example of corruption in Wapda. There is a long list of corruption cases in Wapda but they have obviously full protection from bureaucrats.

I request the Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan to take suo motu action against high level corruption, embezzlement and misappropriation cases in Wapda in the greater interest of people and country, and give exemplary punishment to the culprits if proved guilty.

MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL

Karachi