WASHINGTON – (Reuters) – U.S. citizens should avoid travel to Pakistan, the State Department said on Thursday, in a fresh warning that follows numerous protests, demonstrations and rallies in Pakistan that U.S. officials said are likely to continue.
Officials upgraded their ongoing caution about the travel risks in Pakistan, explicitly advising Americans to put off any non-essential travel to the country. They also “strongly urged” those who are already there to avoid protests and large gatherings.
The State Department said the presence of al Qaeda, Taliban elements, and “indigenous militant sectarian groups poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan.”
…. Dana Rohrabacher’s resolution in the US Congress states that the Baloch people “have the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign country”. Expectedly, this unleashed a torrent of anger in Pakistan’s government and media which overwhelmingly saw this as a conspiracy to break up the country. Pakistan-US relations have descended another notch; attempts by the US State Department, as well as the currently visiting group of Congressmen, to distance themselves from the resolution have not worked. …
…. The official Pakistani response to Rohrabacher is still more flawed. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar termed the tabling of his bill “a violation of UN charter” and of Pakistan’s sovereignty. But this line of defence could forfeit Pakistan’s moral right to criticise other states, Syria and India included.
Consider the fact that on February 17 Pakistan voted for an Arab League-sponsored resolution in the UN General Assembly which calls upon Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to step down. This surely constitutes interference in the internal matter of a sovereign country. But Pakistan did well. In a civilised world national sovereignty must come second, and human rights first.
Pakistan has also long criticised India — and justly so — for its human rights abuses. But more people are dying in Balochistan today than in Kashmir. For all their brutality against stone-throwing Kashmiri boys, the Indians have not yet used helicopter gunships and fighter jets against Kashmiris. Pakistan, on the other hand, uses airpower as a matter of course in Balochistan and Fata. ….
To read complete article » The Express Tribune
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Ca) on Balochistan and Dr. Shakeel Afridi with VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem –
The U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Ca), who introduced a resolution on Balochistan along with two bills honoring the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA catch Bin Laden, sat down with the Voice of America’s Ayesha Tanzeem to discuss some of these issues.
According to the resolution, the Baloch people have the right to self-determination. Pakistan has reacted strongly to this resolution calling it a violation of international laws and interference in its internal affairs.
The U.S. State Department has tried to distance itself from Congressman Rohrabacher’s opinions and efforts and has insisted that it does not reflect official US policy. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland insists that the US does not want to interfere in the internal affairs of Pakistan.
The two bills introduced on the 17th of Feb, 2012 call for giving US citizenship to Dr. Shakeel Afridi as well as honoring him with the highest civilian honor, a Congressional Gold Medal. Dr. Afridi is under arrest in Pakistan after secretly helping the CIA to collect DNA evidence of Bin Laden’s presence in the compound. The Abbottabad commission has recommended that he be tried for treason for helping a foreign government’s secret agency.
Courtesy: Voice of America
The statement of the Committee of Progressive Pakistani-Canadians: ‘Winds of Change? Balochistan and US-Pak Relations’
On Nov 16, 2011 and Jan 13 this year respectively, State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner, and chief spokesperson Victoria Nuland, expressed U.S. concern about the human rights situation in Balochistan. On Feb. 8 Congressman Brad Sherman spoke at a subcommittee of Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives of the marginalization of the Baloch and Sindhi (speaking people) and the disappearances, torture and killing of their activists by Pakistan’s security forces.
Sherman went to say that the Baloch and Sindhis, being secular and moderate-minded, shared American values and that the US should reach out to them. Feb 18 saw the introduction of a resolution in the House stating that the people of Balochistan, currently divided between Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, have the right to self-determination and their own sovereign country and should be afforded the opportunity to choose their own status.
A fuller argument openly calling for support of the separation of Balochistan from Pakistan because the latter was acting against American and western interests, appeared in the Globe and Mail – a key mouthpiece of big capital and imperialism in Canada – in an op-ed piece on Dec 21, 2011, titled ‘Solve the Pakistan problem by redrawing the map’ by Chris Mason, a retired US diplomat now at the Center for Advanced Defence Studies in Washington.
Without a doubt the Sindhi people have suffered grievous injustices in Pakistan. Many times greater has been the pain inflicted by the state on Balochistan which, in addition to severe cultural, economic and political deprivation, has been on the receiving end of almost half-a-dozen prolonged and brutal military attacks which began in 1948 and continue to this day. Frustrated and angry beyond measure – and justifiably so – at their appalling treatment by the Pakistani state, the above developments in the U.S. have been widely welcomed by the Baloch.
By Huma Imtiaz / Web Desk
WASHINGTON: The US State Department has raised concerns about Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed’s public appearances, including at the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) rally held in Karachi earlier this week.
The State Department issued a brief press release on Thursday, In response to a question submitted earlier in the week, which said that, “Lashkar-e-Taiba and its front group Jamaatud Dawa, is internationally sanctioned because of its associations with al Qaeda. We have and continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to uphold its obligations in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1267/1989.”
The release further stated that the UN resolution “calls for all countries to freeze assets of sanctioned groups, prevent the transfer of arms to them, and prevent sanctioned individuals from entering or transiting their territories.”
JuD has been functioning in the country as a religious and charity organisation. Post Mumbai attacks in 2008, the organisation was declared a terrorist organisation by the West, UN and India. ….
Read more » The Express Tribune
Would the Chief Secretary and the Chief Minister of Sindh redress the financial problems of Sindh Government retired Sasso officers as they are not being paid their monthly pensions in time. When approached the concerned Section officer of Sindh Agriculture department, he responded rudely that State Bank of Pakistan does not release them the funds and if any further inquiry or reason is asked, he usually stop talking and putting the receiver of the phone to avoid any further inquiry. Secondly, the annual increment as allowed by the Government to their other serving and retired employees, has still not allowed Sasso officers such annual increments. We shall be highly grateful if our financial problems are solved being the retired and senior citizens of Sindh Pakistan.
Ghulam Hussain Qureshi, Retired officer of Sasso, Old Halla – Sindh
Received via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
PAKISTAN – Travel Warning, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Bureau of Consular Affairs
February 02, 2012 – The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Pakistan. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Pakistan dated August 8, 2011, to update information on security incidents and remind U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Pakistan. …..
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U.S. State Department’s Spokesperson Victoria Nuland “officially” states that there is a “human rights issue” in Balochistan
U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland answers questions submitted to the Department’s 10 official Twitter feeds during a Twitter Q&A at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on January 13, 2012.
According to the Council on Foreign Relations Kahane Chai is a splinter group of the terrorist group Kach.
“Kach is a hard-line Israeli militant group that advocates for the expulsion of Arabs from the biblical lands of Israel. The U.S. State Department listed it as a terrorist organization in 1994. Kach, as well as the splinter group Kahane Chai, condones violence as a viable method for establishing a religiously homogenous state. The group has not staged a large terrorist attack since 1994, although people affiliated with the groups have been arrested for “low-level attacks” since 2000, according to the State Department’s 2006 Country Report. In 2006 a U.S. Federal Court upheld that Kach was rightly listed as a terrorist organization in an appeal.? …
- By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – Pakistan is the source of explosives in the vast majority of makeshift bombs insurgents in Afghanistan planted this summer to attack U.S. troops, according to U.S. military commanders.
From June through August, U.S. troops detected or were hit by 5,088 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the most for any three-month period since the war began in 2001.
Those bombs killed 63 troops and wounded 1,234, Defense Department records show. ….
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by Ansar Abbasi ↔ THE NEWS
ISLAMABAD: One of the most dangerous alleged target killers, who confessed to have killed many, including police officers in Karachi, has reportedly claimed his association with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s “militant wing”, and has named Dr Imran Farooq as the contact person for many party militants. He further said that Ajmal Pahari was one of the MQM’s men.
Arrested and interrogated in 2010 before the murder of Dr Imran Farooq, the accused target killer, Muhammad Ishtiaq, alias Salman, alias Police Wala, confessed before the Joint Interrogation Team comprising representatives of the ISI, IB, Rangers, CID, Sindh Police and Special Branch, as reported in an official document, that Ajmal Pahari (who was arrested recently in Karachi and is alleged to have been involved in the killing of 100 people) also belongs to the MQM.
PAKISTAN: A human rights defender is booked on fake charges of robbery, his brother is arrested and at risk of being tortured
Mr. Dilshad Bhutto, son of Mohammad Bux Bhutto, is a prominent human rights defender from Sindh province and he heads the campaign against torture in custody the “Anti Torture Movement Pakistan”. Every year on the occasion of June 26, the international day in Support of Victims of Torture, he organizes different seminars and workshops against the practice of torture in custody with the collaboration of different human rights groups, including the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). Many times, he was intimidated by powerful landlords cum politicians who opposed his activism in favour of human rights.
A case of robbery was filed against Mr. Dilshad Bhutto and his elder brother Mr. Mashooq Bhutto in Taluka police station, Larkana district, Sindh province. The robbery is alleged to have occurred in the house of Mr. Nazeer Bhutto, city president of Sindh National Front and Dilshad and Mashooq were accused of looting valuable items from the house. The police immediately acted upon the first information report (FIR) and went to arrest them from Dadu city, 200 kilometers far from Larkana city. Dilshad Bhutto was not present in his house at that time and the police arrested his elder brother who is working as an officer in the department of education, Sindh government, in the early hours of July 29. Local journalists say that the complainant was also not aware that a case was filed on his behalf. ….
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Pakistani intelligence secretly funneled at least $4 million to a Washington lobby group whose leaders improperly lobbied U.S. officials over Kashmir
Pakistan funded Washington lobby group, U.S. says
Washington (CNN) — Pakistani intelligence secretly funneled at least $4 million to a Washington front group whose leaders improperly lobbied U.S. officials over the disputed territory of Kashmir, federal agents alleged Tuesday.
A Pakistani-American man who served as director of the Kashmiri American Council is in federal custody, while a second man accused of steering money to the organization is believed to be in Pakistan, the Justice Department said. The KAC director, Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, “acted at the direction and with the financial support of the government of Pakistan for more than 20 years,” an FBI arrest affidavit states.
One U.S. congressman quickly gave $4,000 donated by the two men charged in the case to charity, while another said he would consider a similar move if the source of the money was in question.
Fai and his co-defendant, Zaheer Ahmad, have been charged with conspiring to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires lobbyists acting on behalf of another nation to register with the U.S. government. The charge carries a possible prison term of up to five years. ….
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The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed alarm at torture against students of Punjab University’s Philosophy Department by Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT)
HRCP slams violence by hooligans at PU
Press release- Lahore, June 27: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed alarm at torture against students of Punjab University’s Philosophy Department by armed activists allegedly belonging to Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) early on Sunday, which left seven students injured.
Conference on Partition – Past and Present, on Saturday, October 15, 2011
Sub topics: 1947 Indian Subcontinent Partition, past and present; Partitions of Bengal; Partitions of Punjab, Kashmir and Assam; Partition studies in the Indian Subcontinent; Effects of partition on Assam, Tripura and Sindh; Bangladesh War of Independence; Reconciliation and forgiveness; Unity; Identity; History; Divided peoples of Africa, Asia, Europe and the Former Soviet Union; Narratives of refugees, survivors and protectors; Division’s long-term effect; Effects of displaced peoples on host population; Minority issues in divided lands; Indigenous peoples, their language, culture and religion; Longing for home. Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011, Time: 8:30 AM, Place: Politics, Economics & Law Department, State University of New York, Old Westbury, Long Island, New York 11568.
Israeli hardliners have started a massive campaign to undermine Obama’s stand that peace can only come with a truly independent Palestinian state
- Obama Sees ’67 Borders as Starting Point for Peace Deal
By MARK LANDLER and STEVEN LEE MYERS
WASHINGTON — President Obama, seeking to capture a moment of epochal change in the Arab world, began a new effort on Thursday to break the stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, setting out a new starting point for negotiations on the region’s most intractable problem.
A day before the arrival in Washington of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Mr. Obama declared that the prevailing borders before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war — adjusted to some degree to account for Israeli settlements in the West Bank — should be the basis of a deal. While the 1967 borders have long been viewed as the foundation for a peace agreement, Mr. Obama’s formula of land swaps to compensate for disputed territory created a new benchmark for a diplomatic solution.
Mr. Obama’s statement represented a subtle, but significant shift, in American policy. And it thrust him back into the region’s most nettlesome dispute at a time when conditions would seem to make reaching a deal especially difficult.
The Israeli government immediately protested, saying that for Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders would leave it “indefensible.” Mr. Netanyahu held an angry phone conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday before the speech, officials said, in which he demanded that the president’s reference to 1967 borders be cut.
Israeli officials continued to lobby the administration until right before Mr. Obama arrived at the State Department for the address. White House officials said he did not alter anything under Israeli pressure ….
Read more : The New York Times
By: Syed Jafar Askari
KARACHI – The Sindh Education Department has decided that summer vacations will be observed in two months from July to August instead of June to July.
It is also decided that the female students will be awarded scholarships to enhance literacy rate among women segment of the society. These decisions were taken in a meeting of Steering Committee of Sindh Education Department, held on Saturday. Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar ul Haq presided over the meeting ….
Read more : The Nation
2010 Human Rights Report: Pakistan – Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2010/sca/154485.htm
By LAURA KASINOF and DAVID E. SANGER
SANA, Yemen — The United States, which long supported Yemen’s president, even in the face of recent widespread protests, has now quietly shifted positions and has concluded that he is unlikely to bring about the required reforms and must be eased out of office, according to American and Yemeni officials. …
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MUMBAI UNIVERSITY HOSTS AN INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
India – Mumbai: “Un-assuming nature and persistence of Dr. Baldev Matlani compels people like us to say yes, whenever he invites us to such literary events”, said Mr. Nanik Rupani, Chairman, Priyadarshni Academy. He further emphasized the importance of organizing such seminars to keep the flame of Sindhi language, burning forever.
The case of Raymond Davis has outraged the imagination and sentiment of Pakistanis mainly because of a distortion of key facts by powerful sections of the Pakistani media. It has also become a vicious ping pong game between the PPP and PMLN governments, with both trying to score nationalist points regardless of the consequences for political stability and national security. Ominously, though, it has soured a troubled relationship between Pakistan and the US who claim to be “strategic partners” in the region. Let’s sift fact from fiction.
Fiction: Mr Davis “murdered” two Pakistanis. He shot them in the back, suggesting he was not threatened by them. They were not robbers. Their handguns were licensed. Fact: Two men on a motorbike, armed with unlicensed pistols, held up Mr Davis’ car. He expertly shot them through the windscreen, stepped out and took pictures of the gunmen with weapons as evidence of self-defense. Later, an autopsy report showed that four out of seven bullets had hit the gunmen in the front, confirming the threat to him. The criminals had earlier robbed two passersby of their cell phones and money.
Fiction: Mr Davis is not a diplomat because he doesn’t have a diplomatic visa or status registered with the Foreign Office. Hence he cannot claim diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Conventions. Fact: Mr Davis has a Diplomatic Passport. His visa application by the US State Department to the Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC of 11 September 2009 lists him as a Diplomat who is on “Official Business”. The US government has claimed diplomatic immunity for him. This is the norm. For example, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Spain in 1975, Haroon ur Rashid Abbasi, was granted immunity following discovery of heroin from his suitcase. Col Mohammad Hamid Pakistan’s military attaché in London in 2000, was caught having sex with a prostitute in his car in a public place. He invoked diplomatic immunity and avoided arrest. Mohammad Arshad Cheema, Pakistan’s First Secretary in Nepal, also invoked diplomatic immunity after 16kg of high inte4nsity RDX explosives were recovered from his house and he was suspected of being involved in the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC-814. And so on. …
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Embassy cables reveal US frustration as Islamabad fosters selected insurgents as a buffer against India
– Declan Walsh in Islamabad
Pakistan‘s army is covertly sponsoring four major militant groups, including the Afghan Taliban and Mumbai attackers Lashkar-e-Taiba, and “no amount of money” will change the policy, the US ambassador warned in a frank critique revealed by the state department cables.
Although Pakistan had received more than $16bn (£10bn) in American aid since 2001, “there is no chance that Pakistan will view enhanced assistance … as sufficient compensation for abandoning support to these groups”, Anne Patterson wrote in a secret review of Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy in September 2009.
The assessment highlights a stark contradiction – that one of Washington’s key allies is quietly propping up its enemies – and is an admission of the limits of US power in a country that still views India, not the Taliban, as its principal threat. …
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A bombshell by Balochistan Assembly speaker Mohammad Aslam Bhoothani was dropped on Friday that the office of the prime minister was ‘pushing’ to sell 70,000 acres of land in Balochistan. According to Mr Bhoothani and media reports, the Prime Minister’s House is pressurising the Balochistan government via the Revenue Department to quickly approve the summary for selling the land to Arab sheikhs. …
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Letter to Editor From Sukkur
I am surprised no anchor person or any media person has yet interviewed or focused over the present secretary irrigation, Sindh, who is posted as secretary since last eight years despite his retirement continued to remain on the post for three consecutive contracts.
Obviously on the basis of being a good pay master to higher authorities. He may be asked as how much funds he has so far utilized for so called maintenance of the river banks of sindh.
Actually it is the non maintenance (maintenance on papers only for utilization of funds worth millions per year) which is basic and root cause of such huge scale devastation e.g. breakage/ leakage of river banks on various places. It is strange that the government has so far taken no action against him, obviously for his capacity to bribe the higher authorities from the share of billions of rupees of funds which he has earned in his tenure of about 40 yrs in irrigation department being an engineer/technical person with extra ordinary maneuvering qualities. It is suggested that he be brought on media and questioned about utilization of funds for maintenance of river banks. And his efficiency to remain on the job continuously for 3 contracts.
I wonder why every anchor person calls the retired secretary and other retired engineers and has so far ignored the present secretary. The Irrigation Secretary Sindh has been serving/plundering this department since last 40 years. Ministers and governments change but he remains on the seat continuously. Even PPP, MNA complained about his corruption on the floor of national assembly but failed to arise any action against the blue eyed boy.
August 19, 2010
Courtesy: The Capital Post
by Sarfraz Memon
Every year there is budget of billions of rupees to clean the canals and reinforce the banks, but that never happens. We all know how much rich are the corrupt engineers of irrigation department in Sindh. Those corrupt ministers, engineers, civil-Military bureaucrats and politicians proudly display their bungalows that value 100-200 million rupees. Have multiple cars and drivers. Have lands and fishing ponds. And because they don’t want people to see all they have, they probably own kilograms of gold, for future use. These corrupt engineers don’t even settle for Lacs, but Crores every month. The race goes on between irrigation and other specialties such as roads and buildings, who make billions of rupees showing roads, public facilities, sewer, and schools, built on paper. …
Courtesy: SANAlist, August 13, 2010
by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia
A big part of Sindh’s sorrows is the rampant corruption that prevents substantial amounts of funds being spend for common good in Sindh. With the spread of dangerous diseases such as Hepatitis, rural Sindh has one of worst health facilities in South Asia. Just imagine how much of private effort and time would be required to collect Rs. 299 millions (US $ 3.7 million) in donations. This much amount was siphoned away just in one year.
We are in a tough situation! One one hand, we try our best to put pressure on USAid and other international aid organizations to ensure that Sindh is not denied its due share in the distribution of aid and loans and then we read the news such as below that some scrupulous Sindhis are shamelessly looting from educational and health budgets.This is quite discouraging!
It is imperative that local (Sindh-based) and overseas Sindhis should start a campaign against increasing corruption in Sindh. This will definitely in the reduction of misery for common people.
Rs. 299m irregularities detected in health dept
Tuesday, 24 Mar, 2009 | 05:45 PM PST |
KARACHI: The health department of Sindh accepted Rs53.48 million worth of medicines without determining their quality and potency, failed to replace drugs worth Rs1.99 million that were declared substandard by the drug test laboratory, and suffered a loss of Rs1.68 million due to the expiry of medicines during the year 2005-06.
Involving an amount of Rs57.15 million, this is only a fraction of the total Rs299.52 million in financial irregularities unearthed by auditors in their report for the year 2005-06.
The Public Accounts Committee of the Sindh Assembly, headed by Sardar Jam Tamachi, will take up the audit report for consideration and subsequent suggestions once it finalises its recommendations for the 2004-2005 audit report.
The audit report for the year 2005-06 says that six offices of the health department – additional secretary health (procurement) , Liaquat University Hospital, Hyderabad, Chandka Medical College, Larkana, People’s Medical College Hospital, Nawabshah, Services Hospital Karachi, and the Inspection and Import Depot of Karachi – made purchases of Rs87.10 million but the details of the procurements are not mentioned in the relevant stock register.
The auditors found that the Liaquat University Hospital of Hyderabad purchased machinery, equipment and stationery articles worth Rs76.41 million; Chandka Medical College, Larkana, bought crockery items for Rs0.64 million; and People’s Medical College Hospital, Nawabshah, procured medicines worth Rs0.36 million.
On account of various hospital dues, fees and rent, a total of Rs61.80 million were realised. However, the amount was not deposited in the treasury, which was a violation of Rule 41 of the Sindh Financial Rules, Volume-I. Besides, the auditors say, dialysis machines worth Rs22.90 million were purchased while the lowest bids in this regard were ignored without any reason.
According to the report, tenders were invited for 16 dialysis machines equipped with complete RO system but the contractor quoted the rates separately as Rs0.696 million for each dialysis machine and Rs0.5466 million for each portable RO system. Instead of 16 complete sets 27 dialysis machines and six portable RO systems were purchased without carrying out any consultation with hospital administrations.
The scrutiny of the expenditures’ statement revealed that machinery and equipment costing Rs86.93 million were purchased by the office of the additional secretary health (procurement) but the statement of the Import and Inspection Depot revealed that they only received machinery and equipment worth Rs71.12 million. There is no mention of the machinery and equipment costing Rs15.81 million in the Import and Inspection Depot’s record.
The office of additional secretary (procurement) purchased X-ray films worth Rs14.08 million without obtaining clinical efficacy report from the Civil Hospital Karachi, which was a violation of Clause 18.3 of the contract agreement. The office paid Rs7.20 million on the purchase of a 500 KVA generator to M/s Allied Engineering instead of the lowest bidder, M/s Irfan & Bros, who quoted its rate as Rs6.44 million. Advance payment was made to the bidder in violation of the rules. Besides, medicines and equipment costing Rs1.34 million were purchased without calling tenders and without approval of the technical committee.
Similarly, the office of additional secretary health (procurement) and Lyari General Hospital ignored the lowest bid for the renovation of buildings and provision of medical services without assigning any reason, including the purchase of equipment for a surgical operation theatre at a cost of Rs7.27 million.
The directorate of the malaria control programme purchased laptop and multimedia projection and secretary health department purchased five laser jet printer HP-1200 and five P-IV machines at the rate of Rs37,000 each. A total of Rs0.6445 million was spent in violation of para-67, chapter-IV of the Sindh Purchase Manual, 1991.
Sindh Medical Faculty
The office of director-cum- controller of examination, Sindh Medical Faculty, Karachi, granted loans of Rs5.24 million to different officers/hospitals not related to the Sindh Medical Faculty for various purposes during the year 1993-2004. The auditors say that there is no provision in the faculty rules for grant of loans to an employee outside the faculty.
The office incurred Rs2.96 million on honoraria, paid without any policy and criteria at a rate other than the one duly approved by the governing body. A total of Rs3.11 million was incurred on account of POL expenditures by unauthorised persons. Besides, no logbook and relevant records were maintained.
On account of ‘Medical Camp at Jacobabad’ and ‘Tasman oil leakage,’ the office of director-cum- controller of examination issued Rs2.0 million out of faculty funds to deputy director of the school health services, Karachi, without obtaining approval of the governing body.
Import, inspection depot
The Import and Inspection Depot Karachi without awaiting the report of medicine samples from the drug test laboratory released medicines to various hospitals. Later, some of the medicines worth Rs2.75 million were found substandard. Similarly, the depot spent Rs0.07 million on purchase of uniforms.
A loss of Rs1.68 million was incurred due to expiry of medicines in the Inspection and Import Depot and Civil Hospital, Karachi.
The report says that residential quarters of the Ojha Institute of Chest Diseases, Karachi, were in unauthorised possession and the authorities concerned could not recover Rs7.68 million rent for the quarters. A loss of Rs4.60 million was incurred due to fixed monthly recovery of water and gas dues at the rate of Rs26 and Rs75, respectively. Similarly, electricity charges of Rs5.58 million were not recovered from officials residing in government accommodations at the Ojha Institute and Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana.
The report finds that Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, has been making an annual payment of Rs4.5 million to M/s Fazal Din & Sons Karachi on the maintenance/ service of lithotripter machine for the last 10 years. The auditors say a new machine could be bought for 20 per cent of the total service charges paid during the decade.
Besides, an amount of Rs2.06 million was fraudulently drawn from the treasury/district accounts office of Larkana on account of electricity charges of the medical college. The medical college hospital retained Rs1.45 million in a private account and did not deposit the amount in the government treasury.
The civil hospital failed to recover to Rs2.33 million for X-ray services.
People’s Medical College Hospital retained Rs0.05 million in a private account and did not deposit the amount in the government treasury.
The Lyari General Hospital Karachi and Services Hospital Hyderabad paid Rs0.751 million and Rs0.157 million, respectively, to an NGO ‘Patients Welfare Society’ out of government receipts realised on account of laboratory charges, which should have been deposited into the government treasury.
March 28, 2009