-Shehbaz Sharif unable to chair PAC meeting due to a severe backache
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will review the audit paras framed during the tenure of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), as per the announcement made by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) secretariat on Thursday.
PAC Chairman Shehbaz Sharif, while presiding over the committee’s maiden meeting last week, had told the PAC members that he would not review the audit paras of PML-N tenure as per the understanding reached between the government and opposition. “I will honour the understanding,” he said.
The PAC constituted eight sub-committees to review audit paras for the fiscal years from 2010 to 2018, in pursuance of Rule 224(1) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly (NA), 2007.
As per the notification, Senator Syed Shibli Faraz will examine the appropriation accounts of 2009-10 and audit report for 2010-11 while Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will examine the appropriation accounts 2010-11 and audit report 2011-12.
Similarly, Shahida Akhtar Ali will examine the appropriation accounts 2012-13 and audit report for the year 2013-14, Syed Fakhar Imam will examine the appropriation accounts 2013-14 an audit report for the year 2014-15, Senator Sherry Rehman will examine the appropriation accounts 2014-15 and audit report for the year 2015-16, Syed Naveed Qamar will examine the appropriation accounts 2015-16 and audit report for the year 2016-17, and Noor Alam Khan will examine the appropriation accounts 2016-17 and audit report for the year 2017-18.
All the committees had been directed to submit their reports to the main PAC after completing the examination of whole audit years.
Rana Tanveer Hussain will head the sub-committee on monitoring and implementation of previous PAC directives.
Earlier, on Thursday, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday excused himself from chairing a PAC meeting after doctors recommended him to rest due to his worsened backache.
The leader of the opposition in the National Assembly (NA) was scheduled to visit the Parliament and “chair a PAC meeting on law and order, however, owing to his backache and in keeping with the advice of doctors he will not be chairing the session,” a media report said.
On Wednesday, doctors had examined Shehbaz’s back and neck after he complained of severe pain and conducted physiotherapy. Following this, they recommended Shehbaz to restrict his movement and exercise.
On December 21, Shehbaz was elected as PAC Chairman unopposed. His name for the post of committee chairman was suggested by lawmaker Sheikh Rohail Asghar and confirmed by Mushahid Hussain.