PAC denied information about Rs5.5bn paid to ISI
By Khawar Ghumman
ISLAMABAD: Eyebrows were raised on Tuesday when finance officials informed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly about an unaccounted-for, one-time release of Rs5.55 billion to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) during 2007-08 for its operations.
When pressed for details, Finance Secretary Salman Siddique opted to keep quiet. “This is highly sensitive information and hence I can’t talk about it at an open forum.”
According to information provided by the finance division to the PAC, the amount was paid to the ISI as a supplementary grant.
Despite repeated questions and light-hearted taunts by members of the committee, Mr Siddique refused to share any details. …
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