Pakistan to receive US aid under Kerry-Lugar Act

The sub-committee of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was told on Tuesday that Pakistan would receive the rest of the US financial aid under the Kerry-Lugar Bill (KLB) while it has received $185 million in this regard.
The meeting was held in the chair of the Committee convener Zahid Hamid in which the audit paras of the Economic Affairs’ Division, Information Technology (IT) and Wafaqi Mohtasib were reviewed.
On the occasion, Secretary economic Affairs Division Sebtin Fazal Haleem briefed the meeting about financial affairs in the Finance Ministry.
He said that Pakistan had received $185 million under the KLB while the rest of the total amount would be provided till September 20 this year which would be injected in energy, human resources and education sectors.
He said the country had obtained one billion dollars after 9/11 of which 20 percent were given to the government while the rest were spent through private sector.
Sebtin Fazal said that Rs.115 billion were required for Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) but they reduced it to Rs.78 billion.
He said they are negotiating for the remaining fund under KLB and hoped that it will be issued till September 20 and be consumed in three sectors i.e. energy, human resources and education.
On the occasion, the Secretary IT, Najeebullah Malik told the committee that Telephone Industries of Pakistan (TIP) established in Haripur was a sick department and was totally running in losses.
He said there are 1,000 employees who are not working and getting their salaries at home. The annual loss of TIP was in millions and it suffered Rs.434 million loss in 2008-09 and the IT Ministry was helpless before the union.
The PAC asked for a report in this regard within six months.
The committee was told that $475,000 were spent on a fake project of establishment of IT Mission in San Francisco. This amount was spent through Pakistan Ambassador in Singapore Tauheed Ahmed, while even the PC-I of the project was not approved.
The PAC asked the IT secretary to probe the matter and submit a report within one month.