PAC orders audit of SC accounts


The Public Accounts Committee ordered the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) on Tuesday to audit the Supreme Court’s budget and submit a comprehensive report on salaries, perks and privileges, and plots allotted to judges of the top court.

PAC Chairman Noor Alam Khan directed the AGP Muhammad Ajmal Gondal to submit the report by March 30, saying the matter has already been delayed a lot and no further time would be given.

The PAC chairman’s direction came after he recalled that the AGP has not yet submitted the report about the apex court’s audit despite the committee’s earlier directions.

“We don’t even know how much salary the judges are drawing,” Noor said, reminding Gondal that the accountability forum of the parliament was still awaiting a response in this regard.

“AGP sahib, the Public Accounts Committee wants to ask where and how much public and government money is being spent, how much salary is being given [to the judges], and what perks and privileges are being given to them,” he inquired.

“I have repeatedly asked for these details,” Noor continued, adding, “give details about each judge and how many plots have they been given; you have to submit the report to us and we won’t allow any further delay in it.”