Hearing a matter relating to the implementation of its verdict on issuance of development funds on political grounds during the then Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf’s government, the Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a progress report from Federal Finance Ministry by December 03.
Resuming the hearing of the matter, a two-member bench of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja also issued directives to Balochistan government and Balochistan Development Authority (BDA) to submit a detailed report pertaining to earmarking billions of rupees to Pubic Sector Development Programme (PSDP) schemes during the then Chief Minister Aslam Raisani’s regime.
The bench also ordered Khan Hafeez, a deputy secretary of the federal finance ministry, to deposit Rs 20,000 from his pocket as he failed to respond to a court’s query about the progress of the ministry in relation to implementation of court’s verdict in the present case.
Declaring issuance of PSDP funds during Raja Pervez Ashraf’s government on political grounds illegal, the Supreme Court had directed the concerned authorities to release payments to those contractors who had completed their projects. Federal ministry of finance failed to implement court’s directives in letter and spirit; so the contractors who completed their projects filed contempt applications before the apex court.
During proceedings, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja expressed dismay over the response of federal finance ministry in the matter. Addressing the Deputy Attorney General for Pakistan Khawaja Ahmed Hassan, the bench said that his office has responsibility to ensure implementation of court’s directives; to which Hassan assured the court that he would show progress in future. The hearing of case was adjourned to December 03.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT