MULTAN - NAB Multan has authorized, four different inquiries against Officers and Officials of Food and Revenue Departments for embezzlement and cheating in procurement of gunny bags in Multan, Khanewal, Vehari and Lodhran.

NAB sources disclosed that the inquiries had been authorised against officers/officials and their accomplices in Multan, Vehari, Khanewal and Lodhran, who in connivance with one another committed corruption in purchase of wheat bags and distribution of Bardana. “They are collecting 1 to 2 kg extra wheat on each bag of 50Kg/100 Kg wheat bags purchased for the government,” sources added.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the DG NAB Multan said that Food and Revenue Officers and officials would not be allowed to deprive poor farmers of their rights and hard earned money. He added that NAB Multan is consistently continuing ‘Zero Tolerance against Corruption Policy of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB’. He further said that all culprits will be dealt with iron hands.

RS3.15B PAID TO METRO AFFECTEES

Additional Director General of Multan Development Authority Altaf Hussain Sario disclosed on Friday Rs3.15 billion has so far been paid to the affectees of Multan Metro Bus Project as 263 kanal and 12 marla land was acquired for this project.

Briefing media on payments to the project affectees, he added that over Rs4.23 billion had been allocated for the affectees and the award for the land worth over Rs4 billion had been announced. He said that 1,100 units were made of the acquired land and 2,000 vouchers had been issued to the affectees. He said that 1920 voucher holders were made payments while some affectees had moved courts and they would be made payments after the court decision was received.

Italy on course to cement trade ties

Deputy Trade Commissioner of Italy, AR Daudpota disclosed on Friday that a 58-member Italian trade delegation is going to visit Pakistan from Saturday (today).

Talking to MCCI President Khawaja Jalaluddin Roomi here at MCCI, he said that the delegation would have representatives from all sectors of economy in addition to the heads of different associations. He further revealed that another high-powered Italian delegation would visit Pakistan on December 7 under the leadership of State Minister and it would have representatives of 80 Italian companies from textile, leather, footwear, infrastructure, Information Technology, renewable energy, agriculture, automotive sectors. The delegation would also have six Italian business associations in its fold.

Khawaja Jalaluddin Roomi suggested that the delegation should also visit Southern Punjab to explore opportunities for trade & investment. He said that joint ventures between the private sectors of the two countries could help enhance mutual trade volume. Mr Roomi said that Italy is an important trading partner of Pakistan in Europe which comes at 5th and 3rd places respectively among the top exporting and importing destinations for Pakistan in European Union. He said that the balance of trade favours Pakistan and it is encouraging to see that volume of bilateral trade is being maintained over one billion dollar. Pakistani businessmen wish to maintain this favourable trend and also enhance the volume of two way trade with the help and cooperation of individuals. “The worth of bilateral trade was dollar 1.2 billion in 2014 which slightly decreased to dollar 1.1 billion in 2015.  This fall in trade volume was due to slight dip in imports and exports during that period. The exports of Pakistan decreased from dollar 767 million to dollar 618 million and imports contracted from dollar 470 million to 444 million”, MCCI President added and said that these figures do not reflect the actual potential of trade between Pakistan and Italy.