Islamabad: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) sought an explanation from the Military Engineering Organization, the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) for failing to provide the Kartarpur transit project record to the Auditor General of Pakistan summoned to the meeting.
PAC Chairman Rana Tanveer Hussain directed that since the FWO refused to provide the record to the Auditor General, they should come (to the meeting) to clarify their position in this regard.
He further directed the PAC Secretary to ask the FW and K Director General to appear at the next committee meeting.
Auditor General Javed Jahangir had told the committee that according to the PAC directive, the auditors had written a letter to the FWO asking for the relevant record to audit the Kartarpur transit project.
He said that in response, FWO officials said that since the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council is still waiting for the project, FWO cannot provide the details of the project to the auditors.
It is to be noted that Kartarpur is a visa-free border crossing which links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib to the Indian border.
By this route, Sikh pilgrims can come to Gurdwara, located at Kartarpur, 4.7 km from the Pak-India border without obtaining a visa from India.
It is to be remembered that Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had informed Congress leader Indian Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sadhu about attending the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan in 2018 regarding the decision to open Kartarpur transit.
Later, after accepting the offer of this transit on the 5th birthday of the founder of Sikhism, Baba Guro Nanak, by the Indian Union Cabinet, Islamabad announced the ceremony.
Under this proposal, the Indian government had to construct Kartarpur transit from Dera Baba Nanak to the border in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, while Pakistan had to link Gurdwara Darbar Sahib with transit in Kartarpur area of Narowal district.
The contract for the construction of the project was given to the Frontier Works Organization, the Auditor-General Pakistan told the Public Accounts Committee, “The FWO replied that the project had not yet been approved by Eink.
To which Rana gave remarks from Tanveer that the FWO may have completed the project with his own resources and now sought the government's funds but in any case, he should have provided details to the auditors.
In addition, the Public Accounts Committee also summoned the Chairman of the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) as the auditors and representatives of the PEC were different in view of the jurisdiction of the Auditor General of Pakistan.