ISLAMABAD -  The Public Accounts Committee has yet to hold a special meeting to resolve the matter of public money to the tune of Rs5 trillion stuck in pending court cases, even after lapse of over five months.

A special meeting of the PAC was supposed to take place before May 11, 2017 to resolve the longstanding issue of public money stuck in various cases due to stay orders and other matters.

It was decided to invite as special guests Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid, the attorney general, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani and few others to jointly reach consensus over the matter.

The committee has thrice postponed the meeting on this matter, as special invitees have so far not been available to deliberate on this matter, sources in the National Assembly Secretariat shared with The Nation.

Sources said the reasons behind extra-ordinary delay in holding the meeting were unavailability of all the concerned individuals to discuss the matter.

The PAC meeting is also not scheduled in the upcoming month, they said.

The main purpose of inviting these guests was to make a strategy in the PAC to get the stay orders vacated and other related matters on cases to the tune of Rs5 trillion pending in different courts.

The PAC Chairman, Syed Khursheed Shah, in a PAC meeting in 2016, had expressed his helplessness in recovering the public money stuck due to corruption and irregularities in various government departments.

He had termed the PAC a “toothless body” when it came to resolving important matters.

The members of the PAC had expressed concerns in various meetings, and have urged that senior lawyers be hired to deal with important matters.

It was stated that if experienced and senior lawyers were hired the cases could be resolved.