Imran accuses Shehbaz of taking ‘massive kickbacks’ in metro bus, OLMT projects | Pakistan Today

Imran accuses Shehbaz of taking ‘massive kickbacks’ in metro bus, OLMT projects

  • Punjab govt spokesperson denies Imran’s claims; says Imran Khan ‘most non-serious’ politician 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan claimed on Wednesday that an investigation into the metro bus and the Orange Line project will reveal that earning massive kickbacks was the reason for “building these loss-making megaprojects”.

Imran shared a report of Dunya News in a tweet, according to which an audit report of the Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metro Bus project revealed a loss of Rs5 billion to the national exchequer.

The report stated that “unnecessary construction material costing Rs2.26 billion was obtained for the project while Rs390 million was paid to the illegal occupants of the public property. Some Rs270 million was spent in services head before the plying of the buses.”

Imran tweeted, “audit report finds Rs5 billion loss because of Shahbaz Sharif’s corrupt practices in Pindi Metro. Could have built state of the art Shaukat Khanum-style hospital with that money.”

He further tweeted, “any probe into the Metros and Orange Train will reveal that the real reason for building these loss-making mega projects has always been massive kickbacks.”

PUNJAB GOVT SPOKESPERSON REJECTS CLAIMS: 

Punjab government spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan categorically rejected allegations regarding Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus project levelled by Imran Khan in a tweet, saying that Imran Khan was trying to manipulate audit issues as so-called corruption.

“Preliminary observations on the project by the auditor general of Pakistan have been reconciled for last four years and Imran Khan awakened from deep slumber now,” the spokesman said. He further said that the PTI chairman always starts his day with a new lie and the fresh tweet was no exception.

“Development initiatives launched Punjab wide were the best example of transparency and all standards and rules were strictly observed in Rawalpindi Islamabad Metro project accordingly,” said Malik Ahmed. He advised Imran Khan to avoid politics of accusation and concentrate on the betterment of people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who were waiting for the launch of Peshawar metro project for last many years.

“Let me say that Imran Khan could be rightly declared as most ‘non-serious’ politician of the country,” the spokesman concluded.



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