ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has not yet conducted an inquiry into an alleged scam involving award of contract for production of PGP in Sindh.
In 2003, the Sui Southern Company Limited (SSGL) and the Jamshoro Joint Venture Limited (JJVL), a subsidiary of Pakistan Gas Port Limited (PGPL), had reached an agreement for production of PPG in Sindh.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had challenged the agreement in Supreme Court and in 2013, the apex court headed by former CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry struck down the agreement, terming the agreement violative of set laws and procedures.
The court had also ordered the FIA to conduct a thorough inquiry into the matter and submit a report within the shortest possible time besides fixing responsibility. The court had ordered for recovering billion of rupees from officers, political figures and JJVL chief M Zahid Iqbal who caused billions of rupees loss to financial kitty.
According to sources, Khawaja Asif has also not raised the issue while no inquiry into the case including the JJVL chief has been made since the court issued the order.
Similarly, on May 16, 2015, the Sui Southern Company Limited awarded the second LNG terminal project to Akbar Associates who offered the lowest tariff of 49.87 cent per million British Thermal Unit (mmbtu) for setting up the LNG terminal while PGPL failed the secure the bid.
According to source in the FIA, the inquiry has been swept under the carpet as no headway has been made in this regard despite a lapse of three years.
Owner of JJVL has allegedly forged rapport with some political leaders and no one could think of carrying out inquiry against him, the source said. “Ahmed provides his aircraft to few heads of political parties to launch their electoral campaign. His aircraft remain in use of some political leaders permanently. Inquiries against him can bear no fruit,” the source said.
Ahmad had started his business from LPG marketing company and he was known for acquiring LPG quota from OGDCL. However this quota has now been deregulated.
According to record presented in Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Gen (Retd) Munir Hafiz, senator Gulzar Ahmad, former interior minister Moin Haider, Aftab Sherpao, former governor Punjab Khalid Maqbool, former president National Bank Syed Ali Raza, Capt (Rtd) Basharat, Brig (Retd) Siraj, Gen (Retd) Tariq Majid, Hummayun Farid, Gen (Retd) Rehmat Khan, Rizwan Punjwani, Ishtiaq Asif Jamal Akbar Ansari are the major beneficiaries of LPG quota scam. They reaped benefit of billion of rupees from LPG quota.
According to report Iqbal Z Ahmad owns Rs16 billion to government on account of royalty but he paid only Rs:6 billion and the remaining Rs10 billion were not paid by him as per his own agreement. The FIA has not recovered of the amount, the sources said.
The SC had ordered for depositing royalty amount within two weeks in national exchequer but these orders have not been implemented.
According to the report Iqbal Z Ahmad had allegedly committed fraud of Rs22 billion with the government by manipulating the process of working out estimate of royalty. The matter has not been investigated so far. NNI