$5 billion embezzlement reported in Earthquake Rehabilitation Fund

$5 billion embezzlement reported in Earthquake Rehabilitation Fund

ISLAMABAD – The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction on measures being taken by the federal government in rehabilitation of the survivors of the devastating earthquake of 2005.

Reportedly, in a suo motu notice of an alleged embezzlement of over $5 billion, the irked CJP has sought a response from the government within 10 days while remarking how was the money spent on other projects including the Multan Metro and the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).

Furthermore, the top judge has also summoned National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat on next Monday.

“If Balakot city and dams are not constructed, I will protest alongside the general public,” he said while expressing grave concerns on condition of people living under makeshift prefabricated houses in severe cold temperatures and an indefinite delay in New Balakot Housing project.

“The Prime Minister (PM) should have visited those areas,” he said, asking that if he as the CJP could visit such places on a notice of four hours why could not the PM?