PM’s panel seeks former regimes spending details

PM, President salute to martyred personnel


Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday saluted the armed forces personnel who continue to lay down their lives fighting terrorists to keep the nation safe. The prime minister said this in a tweet after 10 Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom in two separate terrorist attacks in Balochistan province and in North Waziristan tribal district from across the Pak-Afghan border.
I salute our armed forces personnel who continue to lay down their lives fighting terrorists to keep the nation safe. My condolences & prayers go to the families of the 10 brave soldiers, including an officer, martyred fighting terrorists in North Waziristan & Balochistan today, he said in his tweet.
President Dr Arif Alvi has also strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in North Waziristan and Balochistan on Saturday. In his condolence message, the President paid rich tribute to those who embraced martyrdom in these incidents and said that the sacrifices of armed forces for the defense of the motherland will be remembered forever.
The first incident took place in North Waziristan tribal district where six Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred when terrorists opened fire on them from across the Pak-Afghan border. The soldiers were on regular duty patrolling the border near Gurbaz area of North Waziristan near the Pak-Afghan border when the terrorists targeted them. The martyred included Havaldar Khalid, Sepoy Naveed, Sepoy Bachal, Sepoy Ali Raza, Sepoy M Babar, Sepoy Ahsan.
The high-powered commission formed over directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan summoned records of royal spending from the national exchequer by the former rulers. The recent investigation will apparently increase troubles of former president Asif Ali Zardari and ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif as the probe commission established to review usage of loans’ money sought details of government expenditures for the last 10 years from 2008 to 2018.
Furthermore, the concerned authorities have been asked to provide details of the former heads of state’s foreign tours and illegal camp officers and misusage of state-owned aircraft. The commission asked federal ministries and divisions to send compiled records at earliest. Sources said that the revelations of misusage of public funds were made in the previous session of the federal cabinet. It was also exposed that a larger portion of the funds was spent on security, private residences and illegal camp offices of the former rulers.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced to establish a high-powered commission under his supervision to find out facts behind soaring of loans to Rs24,000 billion in last 10 years on June 11. As per the PM’s announcement, the commission will be comprised of officials from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
On July 3, Prime Minister’s debt inquiry commission had received its first case to probe against Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Ahsan Iqbal. Later, the high-powered debt probe commission had received a new case against the Pakistan People’s Party related to financial irregularities during the PPP tenure, which had been sent by the National Highway Authority (NHA) on July 4.

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