In the meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the audit report unveiled that the mobile phones worth of Rs. 90 million that were purchased for the Hajj pilgrims in the year 2012 on the order of the chairman PAC, Khursheed Shah, were against the rules and the regulations of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).
The amount of money for these mobile phones was taken from the Pilgrim’s Welfare Fund. It was also revealed that in the last four years, no confirmation was received that the mobile phones were provided to the Hajj pilgrims. The meeting was held under the leadership of the acting chairman Syed Naveed Qamar.
Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah left the meeting as soon as the scandal was reported. Some sources say that he did not even attend the meeting.
The audit officials told the committee that Khursheed Shah purchased for pilgrims some ninety thousand handsets from a company without any kind of tender notice in the newspaper. The announcement of Hajj Policy was made in April 2012 but the mobile phones were purchased after five months.
Syed Naveed Qamar ordered to further investigate the matter. Chief of Awami Muslim League, Sheikh Rasheed proposed to send this matter to the Federal Investigation Agency or to the National Accountability Bureau.
On the other hand, Pakistan People’s Party’s Azra Fazal said that this matter needs to be examined by the departmental enquiry first.