Rs. 25 Billion Irregularities Detected in Pakistan’s Armed Forces

The Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) has detected Rs. 25 billions of irregularities in the financial affairs of Pakistan’s armed forces, reported Business Recorder.

A big chunk of these irregularities – Rs. 18 billion – was identified in the financial accounts of Pakistan army followed by Rs. 1.6 billion each in Pakistan Air Force (PAF), and Pakistan Navy (PN).

Furthermore, the report has also unearthed Rs. 66 million irregularities in the inter-services organizations, Rs. 203 million in Military Accountant General (MAG), and Rs. 2 billion in Military Lands and Cantonments (MLC).

Out of the 21 billion, Pakistan army incurred Rs. 18 billion in irregularities due to the mis-procurement of a store as well as the procurement of different items without following the formal procedure.

Another major irregularity worth Rs. 2 billion due to the incomplete contracts was detected, which goes against the Procurement Rules. A contract, which was awarded illegally, and mis-procurement of medicines in Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Peshawar caused Rs290 million of irregularities.

According to the report, ‘the submission of tampered Public Procurement Regularity Authority (PPRA) website tender notices with contingent bills caused Rs132 million unauthorised payment.’ The audit of Pakistan Military Academy and the scrutiny of record identified Rs10 million of irregularities.

On the other hand, PAF’s violation of PPRA Rules-2004 and illegal use of Sui gas to generate electricity caused an irregularity of Rs. 610 million. The report added: “Rs481 million of irregularity caused due to unauthorised payment of overtime and conveyance allowances.”

Other irregularities include:

  • Rs. 181 million worth of unnecessary sports equipment.
  • Wasted Rs. 102 million on construction of sports complex.
  • Spent Rs. 83 million on the  unauthorised acquisition of cruise boat.
  • Rs52 million irregularity caused by illegal supply of electricity to Air Force Officers Housing Scheme (AFOHS).
  • Rs. 15 million irregularity caused by on maintenance of grounds.
  • Rs. 4 million irregularity caused by unauthorised expenditure on a fitness club.

Inter-services organisations illegally bought Rs. 40 million worth of gifts/souvenirs and Rs. 26 million of stationery items from non-listed sellers.

Similarly, MLC caused a loss of Rs. 2 billion due to several illegal activities such as the construction of four floors in the Hyderabad Cantonment Area.

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