Ex-ministers asked to return government items

Published Mar 31, 2013 04:03am

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Election Commission of Pakistan.— File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The tough posture adopted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the Supreme Court regarding the scrutiny of particulars of election candidates has apparently encouraged the water and power ministry to press for the recovery of its official items from three former federal ministers.

The ministry has forwarded a complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) against two former ministers and a special assistant to the prime minister who, according to the ministry, have not returned some items provided to them for official purposes.

A section officer in the ministry has sent a letter to former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, asking him to return a photocopy machine provided to him when he was federal minister for water and power.

The letter which has also been forwarded to the ECP is titled “Return of photostat machine Konica Minolta 7145 from issue to ex-minister for water and power”.

According to the letter, the machine was issued to the former minister at his camp office.

“The photostat machine is the property of Ministry of Water and Power. It is, therefore, requested that the above photo copier machine may be returned to the ministry,” the letter said.

Another letter by the ministry has been sent to Syed Naveed Qamar who succeeded Mr Ashraf as the federal minister for water and power, asking him to return official items in his possession — one computer (P-IV), one HP Printer 1102, and one fax machine.

According to the ministry, former special assistant to the prime minister Kamal Majeedullah possessed largest number of its items.

The ministry has asked Mr Majeedullah to return nine items — one staff car (Toyota Corolla), one laptop along with accessories, one photocopier (Panasonic digital 8020), one computer (P-IV) with speakers, one LCD (ViewSonic 17 inches), one UPS, one printer, one fax machine and one 32-inch Sony LCD television.

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sajid
Mar 31, 2013 02:44am
Please get a fresh and more defining photo of ECP office, its strange that such a large news paper ignore such information.
Lalajeee
Mar 31, 2013 03:13am
Shame on them
Naeem
Mar 31, 2013 03:31am
They have no shame our so called leaders. They now expect us to reelect them.
bkt
Mar 31, 2013 05:14am
Wow! This is wonderful news. If these people get to learn that their party being voted into office doesn't mean they own the country, it may come as a shock to one but it sets an excellent precedent!
Husain Jan
Mar 31, 2013 06:04am
Shameless and greedy to the core politicians. Why did they not return the govt property items earlier ? They should also be penalized for this default.
Khizr
Mar 31, 2013 06:07am
Way to go ECP. Please have no mercy for the looters and corrupt
Reader
Mar 31, 2013 08:42am
All govt employees should have returned govt items without being asked by their respective ministires or SC. In my views it is theft and should be punished accordingly. How many other govt ministers are in possesion of govt items?
Ashraf Nahyoon
Mar 31, 2013 09:00am
Why to take back 'personal computers'(PCs!) from our respectable(?) ex-ministers? They have rendered rather lot of 'service' to the nation... Eh!
Hamid Khan
Mar 31, 2013 10:06am
Shame on these ministers.
M. Alvi
Mar 31, 2013 10:27am
I am actually surprised that water and power ministry is reporting such minor items to ECP. What about the big looting that these guys have been doing?
Aziz
Mar 31, 2013 10:27am
I have P-IV machines collecting dust. Take it from me and save yourself some dust bunnies. Really...are these items worth chasing? Apart from the car (depending on what model it is), I do not think anything can be worth in the current market.
syed baqar ahsan
Mar 31, 2013 11:46am
what are you saying,this means you like looting
Aadil Awan
Mar 31, 2013 11:52am
It is about principle and not the value. If someone comes to you house, takes a spoon. It won't make much difference to you. But when you have guests over and you are missing one spoon, you'll soon realize its value.
Kashif Mukri
Mar 31, 2013 11:56am
Actually in that big loot all of them haave a share ,so they won't report them.These are shame less people.I don't know why we have to put up with these people every time.
asgher
Mar 31, 2013 12:37pm
These ministers have robbed the whole country from power, gas, fuel, peace, dignity and much They sold the water of Pakistan to india by letting them build dams, they sold the peace of the country by letting drones fly, they sold the dignity of the nation by letting women like meera run for election, they robbed public by increasing CNG prices tied with International Oil prices...... Printers? laptops? PIV? What a SICK and DISGUSTING joke on Pakistani Public!!
M. Siddique USA
Mar 31, 2013 01:30pm
The point here is that these people have swindled tax payers stuff and must return those. No matter how old or outdated those are. These crooks must face accountability.
M. Siddique USA
Mar 31, 2013 01:32pm
Disqualify them from taking part in the elections and then prosecute them.
Zohad
Mar 31, 2013 02:23pm
I wish someone could have asked them to return all the public money they had looted. That would have benefited more, trust me!
Sarwat Hasan
Mar 31, 2013 03:48pm
I have worked in provincial governments of Ontario and Federal Government of Canada, it I have never seen anyone taking anything from the office for personal use, these people are simply thieves and should be punished and treated as such. Does anyone have the guts to do that?