SHC summons report on alleged corruption in Sindh Assembly building case


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday summoned report regarding corrupt practices in the construction of new Sindh Assembly building and MPA Hostel and adjourned the hearing till March 15.

According to the details, the petition in this regard was filed by Muttahida Qaumi Movement –Pakistan (MQM-P) MPA Afshan Mansoor regarding an enquiry into the alleged wrongdoings in the construction of these projects.

The applicant took the plea that as per PC-I, the estimates for MPA Hostel construction is Rs2.7 billion which has now risen up to Rs11.40 billion.

The applicant said that as per June 20, 2017, an amount of Rs6.72 billion was released from the provincial exchequer despite completion of less than 50 percent work at the site.

She said that the Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani was supervising the construction work and alleged that he had given the task for its completion to one of his blue-eyed official.

The petitioner also said that accountant general, provincial finance department and some other officials are involved in this scam and had also transferred an anti-corruption officer probing this issue.

Afshan Mansoor said that out of turn promotions and illegal recruitments were carried out in the provincial assembly, but no one is paying heed to it.

She requested the court to probe into the matter as soon as possible and also direct Sindh accountant general to halt more payments for the project.