Islamabad: Pakistan`s military leadership
has given a Parliamentary panel an assurance that it will
penalise Generals involved in a Rs 1.8 billion corruption
scandal in the National Logistics Cell, an Army-run
Public Accounts Committee chief Chaudhry Nisar Ali
Khan, also Leader of Opposition in Parliament, said he had
received assurances from the "highest levels" of the military
command that the "defining decision will be taken in line with
the PAC’s recommendations".
The Auditor General has reported that the NLC`s former
management, including three retired Generals, illegally
obtained commercial loans of Rs 4.8 billion and violated
government regulations by investing billions of rupees in the
Probes by two inter-departmental panels concluded that
the three retired Generals and a civilian chief financial
officer had violated government rules and instructions issued
by former premier Shaukat Aziz.
Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani too ordered a
separate inquiry into the matter last year after the PAC made
public details of the corruption within the NLC.
The PAC has recommended administrative action against
the retired Generals and efforts to recover the money in the
An official involved in the inquiry told The Express
Tribune newspaper that the military leaders at the General
Headquarters had given a commitment to take action against
officials involved in the scam but express their inability to
recover the money.
The General Headquarters might instead impose other
unspecified penalties, the official said.