Fawad plans to take action against corruption in road projects

Fawad plans to take action against corruption in road projects

Fawad plans to take action against corruption in road projects. Fawad Chaudhry, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, announced action against those involved in corruption during the previous government of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Fawad Hussain informed the media that decided during the federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He stated that Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed briefed the forum on the “hair-raising” corruption scandal involving the National Highway Authority (NHA), which completed road projects worth Rs1 trillion at the highest possible rates during the previous PML-N administration (2013-2018).

Fawad stated that it was observed that the rates at which signed contracts for road infrastructure construction in 2013 were nearly double those used by the incumbent government.

He stated that the federal cabinet was informed that the NHA’s current road construction costs were nearly Rs100 million per kilometer less than those built during the PML-previous N’s tenure.

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“All of this is occurring even though the cost of all materials used in road construction has increased,” he added.

Murad Saeed informed the forum about the strategy being developed to prosecute those responsible for this corruption, Fawad noted.

Both ministers spoke to the media last weekend about the PML-massive N’s corruption in motorway projects and a comparative analysis of the expenses incurred by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the PML-N.

Fawad also asserted that the Sharif family purchased Avenfield flats in London as a result of their massive corruption in the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M-1) project.

Giving details of the federal cabinet meeting, he stated that electoral reforms had become a regular agenda item for the forum, which began with discussing the introduction of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and i-voting in elections.

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There had never been a sitting government in the past that placed the same emphasis on electoral reforms as the ruling PTI, he noted, adding that it was the incumbent government that launched campaigns emphasizing the importance of EVMs in permanently curbing election rigging.

The minister commended the treasury and opposition benches in parliament for initiating dialogue on electoral reforms, stating that the government wanted them to proceed.

“Our top priority is to ensure that EVMs and i-voting are used in elections,” he said, describing remittances sent to Pakistan by overseas Pakistanis as a vital part of the country’s economy.

He stated that Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed his Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Babar Awan, and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan to discuss electronic voting machines and internet voting as cornerstones of electronic voting electoral reforms.

While he ruled out the possibility of ex-pats being excluded from the political system, he made it clear that introducing i-voting and electronic voting machines would be a required component of electoral reforms.

Explaining why EVMs are critical for electoral reforms, he stated that approximately 70% of election-related disputes used to occur during the vote count process, but that the device would reduce that time to minutes.

The minister also cited a report by Justice Nasirul Mulk’s judicial commission on election rigging to support his assertion that most poll-related disputes occurred during the vote count process.

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