ISLAMABAD - Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly has ordered an inquiry into irregularities and embezzlements, worth more than Rs 130 million, in Pakistan Missions aboard and sought comprehensive report in this regard within two months. The PAC also issued directions to summon as many as six officials of various Pakistani missions abroad, including Pakistan's Ambassador to Madrid Hussan Sirwar and diplomatic official Shafqat Cheema. These decisions were taken in a meeting of the PAC, held at the Parliament House on Tuesday, under the chair of Ch Nisar Ali Khan. Riaz Fatina, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Yasmeen Rehman, Khawaj M Asif, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and other officials of Directorate of Foreign Audit and Foreign Ministry attended the meeting. The meeting discussed objections pertaining to over Rs 46 million in Audit Report 2005-06 regarding Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The committee reviewed the powers of Foreign Ministry and also ordered an inquiry into sale of Pakistani Missions' land in London and Tokyo on commercial rates and selling of smuggled vehicles form Afghanistan with signature of protocol officer. PAC Chairman Ch Nisar Ali Khan sought detailed report of most of audit paras within two month. He said that he would move a summary to PM Yousuf Raza Gilani for conducting an inquiry and calling to foreign officials. In this regard, he said that he would also meet the PM. The PAC was told that nine Pakistan missions abroad and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, paid Rs 7.887 million in advance on account of TA/DA and transportation charges 50 officials during the year 2004-05. However, the advances had neither been adjusted nor recovered from the officials so far. The Auditor said that Foreign Ministry at Headquarter and in Mission abroad violated the rules and paid a sum of Rs 2.363 million to gazetted and non-gazetted officers on account of traveling allowance. He said that it was unauthorized payment and it should be recovered from all the concerned officials. Disciplinary actions should be taken against those who were responsible for it. In another case, the Auditor said told the meeting that Pakistan Mission at Madrid paid full TA/DA to four officials during their consular visit to Barcelona. But the officials had not produced the supporting documents, hence full DA paid was irregular, he said. The mission was unauthorized to pay this amount, he claimed. The Audit officials told the meeting that Ministry of Foreign Affairs released an amount Rs 10.186 million as advances to other ministry's department for SAARC conference at Islamabad during 2004-05. More than two years have been passed but no vouchers or evidence of legitimate expenditure has been provided. The official said that a total of Rs 1.144 million telephone charges of four Pakistan mission was not recovered due to over prescribed telephone ceiling. The Auditor told the PAC that Foreign Ministry incurred an expenditure of Rs 1.012 million on purchase of gifts. He said that audit observed that no proper record of gifts was maintained. On this occasion, Chaudhry Nisar said that recovery should be made from salary and pension of the officials. He said that this amount is public money and departments are answerable before the Parliament. "We could not forgive the officials who are involved in the embezzlements of national exchequer", he said. The PAC took strict notice of irregularities in Pakistani missions including Athens, Bucharest, London, Madrid, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Bangkok, Istanbul and Stockholm. Nisar said that Pakistani missions should improve revenue control and strictly follow the rules and regulations. Riaz Fitina and Riaz Pirzada and other members presented proposals in the meeting for improvement of performance of the ministry and control irregularities. Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said that the ministry would implement the proposals and take further measures for improvement of the ministry. He said that actions would be taken against those officials who are involved in embezzlements.