Embezzlement charges: SC seeks govt stance in airport construction case
23 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed federal government to clarify its position over embezzlement and irregularities which caused delay in construction of New Benazir Bhutto International Airport (NBBIA) project.
The court was told that the government was seriously considering referring that matter to FIA for probing irregularities in construction of NBBIA project.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed that purpose of this proceeding was not to stop new airport project, adding that cost of this project had increased from Rs28 billion to Rs73 billion.
Expressing concern over delay in project completion, the chief justice said action should be taken against the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) officials, if they were responsible for inordinate delay.
He also remarked that massive embezzlement and irregularities were exposed in current matter, saying otherwise the NBBIA construction would have been completed. During the hearing, Additional Attorney General for Pakistan Shah Khawar admitted that there were several shortcomings in the master plan.
In reply, the chief justice said that General (retired) Shahid Niaz had mentioned the entire situation in his report but the government did not take action in view his investigation. The hearing of the case was adjourned till September 2.