ISLAMABAD: A Commission of Inquiry constituted by the federal government will investigate how the debt of the country increased by Rs24,000 billion in the last 10 years i.e. from 2008 to 2018 whereas, no mega projects were carried out in the country during this period.
This was decided during a high-level meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday.
The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan while Law Minister Mohammad Farogh Naseem, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Accountability Shahzad Akbar and Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) Javaid Jehangir were among those in attendance.
During the meeting, the draft Terms of Reference (TORs) for the Commission of Inquiry were discussed and it was decided that the federal government will constitute the commission under Pakistan Commission of Inquiry Act 2017, comprising senior officers from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Auditor General’s Office, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and others.
Further, the commission will also look into all ministries and divisions including concerned ministers who have spent public money and will work for the return of this money to the exchequer where any misappropriation found.
Any misuse of the public exchequer for personal use and gains, such as foreign travels, foreign medical treatment expenses, construction of roads and infrastructure for private houses declared as camp offices of high officials will be looked into with detail.
The commission, in addition to its members, will be empowered to induct forensic auditors/experts of international repute for its assistance.
Final TORs and announcement of the commission including its head will be made during this week.