`Army needs legal cover for raising funds for flood victims`
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 16:07
Islamabad: Pakistan's armed forces need legal cover for raising funds for the victims of the devastating floods that swept the country, a parliamentary panel has said.

The Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament yesterday directed the Defence Secretary to issue a notification to give legal status to the Army Relief Fund established by the military for flood victims.

A PAC meeting chaired by Leader of Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan issued the directive while reviewing audited accounts of the Defence Ministry for 2008-09.

Khan said the army had been playing a vital role in flood relief efforts but an audit of military accounts must be conducted to ensure transparency in all public offices of the country.

Members of the PAC also said that funds raised for the flood victims by the military must be disbursed in a transparent manner.

Khan said the Defence Ministry must adopt proper rules and procedures for collecting funds for the relief and rehabilitation of flood victims.


First Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 16:07

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