PKLI construction rates were 40pc higher than market rate: forensic report

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LAHORE: Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute’s (PKLI) construction contracts were awarded at 40 percent higher than the market rate, according to an investigation report submitted to the Supreme Court (SC).

The purchase of medical equipment was originally agreed to be undertaken with Rs13 billion but it was later increased to Rs19 billion, according to the report.

The report was prepared by forensic expert Kokab Jamal Zuberi.

Zuberi is also heading the commission constituted by the SC.

The contract was awarded illegally to ZKB, the report also revealed.

The report further concluded that several people had been appointed illegally and Dr Saeed Akhtar and his wife had been brought in from Al Shifa Hospital.

It was also claimed in court that Rs100 million was spent on three inaugaration ceremonies of the hospital attended by the former Punjab chief minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif.

The report also claimed that according to the contract 131 beds were to be installed but only 16 had been installed by December.