Islamabad  - Federal Ombudsman Salman Faruqui yesterday took cognisance of media reports about 600,000 ghost pensioners.

The scam was unearthed by an official of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) during a briefing to a senate committee on finance.

According to the reports, an official of the NBP told the Senate body that about 600,000 ghost pensioners were causing a loss of billions of rupees to national kitty.

The ombudsman referred the matter to the recently constituted committee headed by Tanveer Ali Agha, former auditor general of Pakistan. Wafaqi Mohtasib had constituted this committee on the complaints that pensioners had to wait for hours in long queues to get their pensions in the hot days of summer.

Muhammad Ayub Khan Tarin, senior advisor and former additional auditor general of Pakistan, is the secretary of the committee while its members include former federal secretaries Ahmed Jawad, Raja Raza Arshad, Bilal Ahmed and Shahid Rashid, former military accountant general Izharul Haq and former controller general of accounts Asif Usman.