ISLAMABAD - Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital has lost another Rs 80 million at the hands of Imran Khan, the Chairman of the trust.

He must deposit a total amount of Rs 380 million in trust's account and tender resignation from the Chairmanship of the board in 10 days.

This was demanded by PML-N chief coordinator Muhammad Siddiq ul Farooq while addressing a news conference here on Sunday.

He said his relatives must also resign from membership of the board so that the hospital, in future can never be used for Imran’s political objectives.

"Had it been any other country Imran would have been behind bars for committing breach of trust", he observed. He appealed to Chief Justice to take suo moto notice and appoint an administrator to run the affairs in a transparent manner.

The Chief Justice, he requested may also constitute a three member investigation committee of auditors representing reputed audit firms to re conduct audit from the beginning of the trust and put facts before the nation through the court.

He appealed to all philanthropists from Pakistan and abroad to continue contributing funds with more zeal so that the treatment of the cancer patients is not affected. Answering a question, the PML-N leader said that since most of the contributions and donations have been made by public, therefore, Imran and his relatives do not run trust's affairs as Chairman and members of the Board of Governors.

To another question, he said that Edhi Trust is 100 times bigger than SKMT but Maulana Edhi has never misused Edhi trust for any personal or political purposes for which I feel honoured to salute him.  To a question about Sharif Medical City, he said that Sharif family has never ever referred to Sharif Medical City or family's other philanthropic contribution from the society from any political platform.

To a question that why Imran should tender resignation from the Chairmanship of the trust, he said undoubtedly Imran established this trust with good intentions and for noble cause but the day he stepped into the politics he started using the trust and its image for his political objectives, therefore, under the principle 'Conflict of Interest' Imran’s resignation from the trust is a must.

He reminded that Imran in an interview with committed that if the loss caused to the trust because of the investment of off shore companies is not compensated in one year he will sell out his Zaman Park's ancestral residence and make good the loss.

Siddiqul Farooq said, despite passage of 17 months Imran has not fulfilled his promise.

He said that management has admitted collective loss of Rs 38 crores.

He elaborated that under Trust Act 1982, the trust money can only be invested in government financial institutions and risk free securities, and declares breach of trust a crime. This act holds trusties responsible even if they unknowingly take a decision which hurts trust interests and bounds trusties to make good the loss, he said. Similarly, Pakistan Penal Code suggests two year imprisonment and fine or both for a trustee who is involved in breach of trust. Pakistan Penal Code also forbids trustees from using the trust for propagating political and even religious objectives, he added.


Staff Reporter from Peshawar adds: Expressing concern over alleged use of government machinery by the provincial government to win the upcoming by-election in PK-45, Abbottabad, Zubair Elahi, provincial joint secretary of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), has demanded of Election Commission of Pakistan to take prompt notice of such tactics and ensure transparent and fair electoral exercise. 

This he stated while talking to media persons here on Sunday. Elahi said the PTI-led provincial government has been exposed due to its poor performance during the last one year in the province. He said that a project of overhead bridge initiated by the former ANP-led provincial government in Peshawar was yet to be completed.

The PML-N provincial leader said the literacy ratio hasn't improved while unemployment has been increased during the last one year in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said PTI government had inducted a brigade of advisors, special assistants and parliamentary secretaries, while it emphasises on adopting austerity measures.

He said that doctors, engineers, professors, traders, industrialists and experts have been shifting to other parts of the country due to deteriorating law and order situation in the province. The PML-N provincial leader said the PTI has imported candidate for contesting by-polls on PK-45.