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Minister admits corruption in Haj affairs

Minister admits corruption in Haj affairs

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi on Monday told the Supreme Court there was corruption in Haj arrangements, however, “this year, corruption was lesser than the previous years”.
A six-member special SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing a suo motu case against the irregularities and corruption in Haj arrangements.
The court directed the Religious Affairs Ministry to pay back 700 Saudi Riyals

Corruption, red tape main obstacle in FDI: US envoy

KARACHI: The United States has urged Pakistani leaders to combat corruption and red tape which was discouraging Foreign Direct Investment. It was also hampering economic growth and private sector development in the crises-hit country.
In addition, Washington snubbed local federal and provincial governments for lacking respect for ‘budget discipline’ that resulted in excessive borrowing from the central and private sector banks. The US was also critical of Islamabad’s lukewarm

Punjab to probe, LDA corruption, nepotism

LAHORE: The Punjab government is planning to conduct a large-scale investigation into charges of corruption, nepotism, abuse of power and financial mismanagement in the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Pakistan Today has learnt.
The LDA has come under fire after surfacing of tendering scandals, faulty commercialisation policy, manipulation in 100 plots for LDA employees, silence over action against illegal housing schemes, missing files regarding high-rising buildings,

Senators vow not to fuel ‘corruption furnace’ with taxpayers’ money

ISLAMABAD: Senators from across the political divide on Thursday vowed not to fuel the “corruption furnace” of a non-performing government with the taxpayers’ money, asking Islamabad to first put its own house in order before taxing the poverty-stricken people.
Taking part in the debate on the General Sales Tax (GST) Bill, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Senator SM Zafar said tales of the corrupt practices of rulers were being told across the globe.
“Why should the

Senators take on govt over unbridled corruption, GST

ISLAMABAD: As Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh on Tuesday told Senate that there was no other option but to implement the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the General Sales Tax (GST), the senators lambasted the government for not controlling corruption in its ranks and taxing the poor instead.
Rejecting the finance minister’s sugar-quoted arguments in favour of the GST, the senators termed the new tax ‘suicidal’ for the already over-burdened people and asked

Railways’ 2009-10 audit highlights massive corruption and losses

ISLAMABAD: The 2009-10 audit report of Pakistan Railways clearly indicates that the present day severe financial crunch of the organisation was due to persistent pilferage, misappropriation of funds and habitual apathy of railways’ high-ups to check wastage of public money.
Pakistan Railways (PR) is facing a financial deficit of around Rs 40 billion and has so far closed down thirteen passenger trains to address fiscal constraints, but the Auditor-General of Pakistan’s 217-page

Kazmi arriving with Haj corruption proof tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines’ special flight operations for pilgrims returning after haj began on Sunday, albeit after a three-hour delay. The first returning haj flight arrived in Peshawar three hours behind schedule, with families of the pilgrims waiting in agony at the airport.
Religious Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi will arrive in Pakistan on Tuesday with important documents and proofs regarding irregularities in haj operations. Kazmi will present a detailed report

LDA cancels tenders worth Rs 100m after corruption scams surface

LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has cancelled the tenders of various development projects worth Rs 100 million awarded to private firms after reports of massive corruption and receiving kickbacks in the pre-qualification process and other procedural requirements laid down in the LDA Act surfaced, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The decision was taken after the CM Secretariat took notice of the violations in the tendering criterion.
CM Secretariat officials told

New taxation to fuel corruption, hurt exports

KARACHI: The business and industrialist community of Karachi have condemned the implementation of reformed GST as they believe that it would cause corruption, hamper exports and would lead to massive price hikes.
They viewed that all sectors including manufacturing, distributing and retailers would be affected and demanded solid guarantees from the government. In addition, they blamed the government of excessive spending and advised government to cut down its expenses.

Spy agencies tasked with crackdown on corruption

KARACHI: The Ministry of Interior has launched a grassroots-level crackdown on corruption in all government departments, Pakistan Today learnt on Thursday.
As an initial step in this direction, the county’s intelligence agencies, on the directives of Interior Minister Rehman Malik, have started investigations against corrupt officials in over a dozen government departments.
The public departments identified by the Interior Ministry for an inquiry include the Federal Board of

Pakistan corruption probe gathers pace

LONDON: The probe into allegations that Pakistan cricketers accepted bribes for spot-fixing during the Lord’s Test against England gathered pace
on Friday as a second evidence file was passed to prosecutors.
Scotland Yard said evidence that there was a conspiracy to defraud bookmakers will be considered by the Crown Prosecution Service. Detectives interviewed four players under caution and arrested businessman Mazhar Majeed as part of the inquiry.
Majeed is accused of

Warraich charged with corruption worth Rs 1.68m

LAHORE: A local judicial magistrate on Monday handed over ex-Minister of the State for Defense Habib Ullah Warriach to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on physical remand til November 5.
Earlier FIA authorities produced the accused before magistrate to seek a 15 day physical remand to continue the investigation. The magistrate however extended the remand by four days.
Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had arrested Ex-Minister of State for Defense Major (retd.) Habib Ullah

Corruption mars Lahore Ring Road’s completion

LAHORE: The future of the Lahore Ring Road (LRR) project, brainchild of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, is again looking dark, as three major packages of its northern loop planned to be completed in the current fiscal year, have been shelved after alleged misappropriations and slow delivery of payments to the contractors, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Although other packages of the LRR project would continue according to the original roadmap, the scrapping

Mismanagement and corruption galore in EPA

ISLAMABAD: The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is fast losing its utility owing to gross mismanagement and corruption as well as non-qualified officials occupying key posts and transfer of capable persons to irrelevant sections on the basis of nepotism.
The other worrisome aspect is the non-seriousness on the part of government as well as those at the helm of affairs in the EPA to stop the prevailing mismanagement and favouritism. An official in the EPA on the condition of

End to corruption and police injustices vital for peace: Shahbaz

LAHORE: The equitable distribution of resources, elimination of corruption and curbing police injustices is essential for setting up a peaceful society, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday.
He made these comments while addressing a large gathering of people after the distribution of vouchers of free fertilizers, seeds and quilts among the flood victims in Esa Khel in Mianwali district. The CM said that it was unfortunate that the poor, backward regions were the

Games corruption charge shakes Indian politics

NEW DELHI: India’s main opposition party on Tuesday accused the government of corruption surrounding the just-finished Commonwealth Games, saying it would stall parliament next month unless an impartial probe was ordered.
The threat from the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes as the government struggles to find political support for tough reforms bills in parliament which opens on November 9. The government is also preparing for a visit by US President Barack

PPP accuses Punjab govt of corruption, raps bureaucracy

LAHORE: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislators’ difference of opinion sparked the Punjab Assembly proceedings on Monday when the PPP members of provincial assembly (MPAs) condemned the ‘indifferent attitude’ of the bureaucracy leveled allegations of corruption against the Punjab government.
With Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal in the chair, the house proceedings were running smoothly until PPP MPA Shaukat Basra said that the MPAs