ISLAMABAD (APP) The Secretary Ministry of Finance Salman Bashir Tuesday told Public Accounts Committee that the country still faces a burden of national and foreign loans amounting to Rs 90 trillion. The committee, chaired by Opposition Leader in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met at Parliament House to review the audit objections on the monetary matters of the Ministry of Finance. The committee members including Khawaja Asif, Hamid Yar Hiraj, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Rukhsana Bangash, Yasmeen Rehman, senior officials of the Finance Ministry and the Auditor General of Pakistan attended the meeting. The Finance Secretary told PAC that during the financial year 2007 and 2008, the loan was Rs 60 trillion that has now raised to Rs 90 trillion including Rs 45 trillion national loans against Rs 45 trillion of foreign loans, he added. Salman Bashir informed the PAC that Ministry of Finance is giving Rs 250 billion to government departments for subsidy. He said out of this amount, the ministry is giving Rs 183 billion to energy sector whereas Rs two billion is giving to PIA. He further stated that Ministry of Finance is providing more than Rs 90 billion for the government employees of which approximately Rs 72 billion are being paid to retired military employees. PAC took notice on providing a huge amount to military retired employees from the civil budget. Member of PAC Khawaja Asif said the decision made in 2001 in which military pensioners were allowed payment from civil budget should be withdrawn and said the PAC would soon forward its recommendations in this regard.