Islamabad: A Pakistani parliamentary
panel has called for a probe into alleged irregularities in
the purchase of anti-mine shoes worth Rs 109.1 million by the
A special meeting of the Public Accounts Committee of
parliament that looked into expenditures of the Defence
Ministry during 1994-95 and 1997-98 considered the purchase of
23,809 pairs of anti-mine shoes as part of alleged
irregularities in the purchase of military gear.
The meeting, chaired yesterday by lawmaker Riaz
Hussain Pirzada, was informed by the Auditor General of
Pakistan that under the financial regulations of 1986, no
government purchases could be made without open tenders.
The anti-mine shoes were purchased from a single firm
and payments were made from the defence budget. After the
lapse of several years, the deal was not regularised and this
violated a commitment made in 2004 to get this done.
The parliamentary panel asked for an inquiry into the
matter to be completed within a month. It also said such
violations should not be repeated.