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Nawaz, Shujaat, Asfandyar Wali, Hina Khar, Amin Fahim using officially provided bullet proof cars: PAC told.

ISLAMABAD -- Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that ten political and other personalities were using bullet proof cars provided by the government.

Cabinet Secretary Mrs Nargis Sethi told the committee chaired by Mr Nadeem Afzal Gondal that PML-N President Mian Nawaz Sharif, COAS, Chairman JCSC, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Hina Rabbani Khar, Chairman Senate, Speaker National Assembly, ANP President Asfandyar Wali were among those who have been provided official bullet proof vehicles.

She said that 32 bullet proof cars were purchased in 2005 on the advice of the Prime Minister at a hefty cost of Rs 60 crore and repair and maintenance of these vehicles costs the government heavily. She said 22 bullet proof cars are now with the cabinet division and the rest allotted to the VVIPs for security reasons.

On questions by the PAC, the Cabinet Secretary said rules are silent about the use of vehicles. On this the Chairman directed that either the Cabinet Division draft rules or withdraw all the vehicles otherwise there would be audit objection on their use.

The PAC also took notice of other important cases including allotment of plots in Islamabad, purchase of unauthorized vehicles by OGRA and losses suffered by Printing Corporation of Pakistan for printing of text books for Afghanistan.

The PAC also asked the PTA to provide full details regarding cases in the courts. The Cabinet Division told the committee that the number of PTA members is being increased from three to five.

A member of the Committee Shahnaz Shaikh questioned about the position of Faisal Sakhi Butt and asked the CDA Chairman as to why he goes to his office. At this CDA Chairman said Mr Butt is head of Prime Minister's task force and that he had not gone to his office for once.
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Date:May 16, 2012
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