ISLAMABAD For the first time since its inception, the PPP-led Government is in serious trouble due to an ostensibly mega scam with regard to the inter-provincial timber smuggling that could jolt ruling coalition, TheNation has reliably learnt. According to reliable sources, hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of precious timber mostly comprising the old deodars uprooted by the flash floods and swept downstream in the Indus River have allegedly been taken out by the powerful timber mafia and smuggled to Punjab. Sources said that some sitting MPs of JUI-F, ANP, PML-Q and PML-N were out to make money by taking out the timber either from the Indus River or the Tarbela Lake. Sources said that the timber uprooted during the floods belonged to three types of owners, namely private contractors, private forest owners, and the state-owned forests in Hazara Division. They said that the Forest Department had set up a temporary depot at Haripur to return the seized timber to the owners. However, they pointed out that that the timber seized at Bheer, a village, was not handed over to the Forest Department and was being taken out by the people belonging to PPPs coalition partner JUI-F. They have already shifted hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of timber to their hideouts. Sources were of the view that some sitting MPs of JUI-F from district Mansehra were leading the race at Bheer, from where major chunks of the timber had already been taken out. While some of timber, which is taken out from Tarbela Dam by local political leaders belonging to various parties in Haripur district including PML-N, ANP and PML-Q, is being smuggled to Punjab. Despite several attempts neither Federal Minister for Information Technology, Senator Azam Khan Swati nor Gohar Nawaz Khan, an ANP MPA from Haripur district were available for their comments. However, Pir Sabir Shah, former chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who also belongs to Haripur, while talking to TheNation rejected the reports that any PML-N local leaders was involved in timber smuggling. He, however, acknowledged that the floods have brought down unprecedented amount of timber to Tarbela Lake. He assured that his party would move a motion in the Provincial Assembly to discuss ways to prevent embezzlement. I am not aware of any such complaint. But the Government would certainly investigate in case it received complaints in this regard, Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar informed TheNation.