Pakistan PM directs for 'reversal of order'
TRANSFER OF PAK ACCOUNTS GENERAL
Muzaffarabad, June 30: Prime Minister of Pakistan Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has reportedly taken stock of the allegedly controversial transfer order of Pakistan administered Kashmir’s Accountant General by the Auditor General of Pakistan’s (AGP) office and has directed for its reversal, it has been learnt.
The Prime Minister’s direction came after the issue was brought in his notice by PaK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan who had already resisted premature transfer of the AG, making it clear to all concerned that it would not be acted upon because the consent of the borrowing government (PaK) was not sought for it, PaK president spokesman Basharat Mehboob told Greater Kashmir here on Saturday.
He said not only the (PaK) president but the entire official machinery believed that the step was uncalled for and that the AG had been rendering his duties in the best interest of PaK.
It may be recalled that on Thursday evening the federal ministry of Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan division had finally endorsed AGP’s controversial order regarding the transfer of AG Tahir Mahmud with retrospective effect (June 20).
Mahmud, who was posted against this position only in January this year, had taken serious action against the alleged violations of codal formalities and pre-audit checks in the PaK Council, inflicting losses in millions to the national exchequer.
He had also transferred Accounts Officer (AO) Haq Nawaz Abbasi from the PaK Council secretariat, after almost five years, for his alleged deliberate failure to submit monthly accounts with complete vouchers and other supporting documents. Besides, the AG had also filed two references against Abbasi, with documentary evidence, in the PaK Ehtesab Bureau, under the same charges.
The June 20 order had replaced Mahmud by Noora Khan, whose first step on “assuming office” on the following day was reversal of Abbasi’s transfer. However, that order could not be acted upon as Mr Khan’s own transfer lacked mandatory endorsement by the ministry of Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan affairs.
Sources said that the secretary Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan affairs Javed Iqbal, who was also opposed to the AGP’s June 20 order, had to give in to the pressure by the vested interests following which the June 20 order was endorsed by his office.
Soon after endorsement of transfer order, Abbasi was said to have joined the Council secretariat.
Noora Khan, it was learnt, attended the AG office in Muzaffarabad on Friday for about half an hour but a formal handing-taking over between him and Mahmud did not take place.
When this correspondent asked Khan as to why he had cancelled the transfer order of Abbasi, although references against him were sent by his predecessor, he candidly admitted that he had done it under the pressure of the PaK Council.
When questioned did he agree that codal formalities and other applications of pre-audit checks were ignored by Abbasi during his five year long posting in the PaK Council, he declined to give a categorical answer and instead said: “The audit report of 2011-12 makes everything clear.”
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