LAHORE: Organizer of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Punjab, Chaudhary Mohammad Sarwar has issued a Fact Sheet about the additional cost of one billion dollars on three different parts of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Project and asserts that it is the biggest corruption scandal in the history of Pakistan.
In a fact sheet issues from his office on Thursday, Chaudhry Sarwar said now no one could expect any good from the incumbent rulers, demanding that a parliamentary committee comprising of treasury and opposition members should be constituted to create a check and balance on the financial issues in the project. He said that the increase in cost of the project should be investigated by the judges of the Supreme Court and all those responsible for the increase should be held accountable.
He alleged that the incumbent rulers were busy in befooling the masses while raising slogans that they were eliminating corruption. He said that the people were now tired of listening to rulers’ mega corruption scandals and wanted that all corrupt should be brought to book.
The media reports quoted Chaudhary Sarwar as saying, 392-kilometre Multan-Sukkur section of the Lahore-Karachi Motorway cost was finalized at Rs315 billion but now secretly this cost has increased by Rs56 billion. Similarly, 120km Havelian-Thakot road project was finalized at Rs95 billion but now has increased by Rs46 billion given for this section of the motorway. While the cost of allied infrastructure in the Mullah Band area of Gwadar rose three times from Rs 835 millions to Rs2.2 billion. He said that according to media report the price of those three CPEC projects rose 23% higher from original approved cost.
Chaudhary Sarwar said that most surprising factor of this cost increase was that it was not approved by the ECNEC but a draft was sent to ECNEC Chairman and was approved on a public holiday. He said that corruption could never be eliminated from the country in the presence of incumbent rulers and regretted that the rulers were now also using the Pak-China Economic Corridor project to satisfy their instinct for corruption. He said that PTI will continue raising its voice against corruption and expose every corrupt person in the country.