ISLAMABAD: Senate standing committee on State and Frontier Regions was told on Thursday that Prime Minister released Rs 90 billion using his discretionary powers for infrastructure and security.

 Senator Hilal-ur-Rehman presided over the meeting while State Minister for SAFRON Ghalib Khan and other officials attended it. When Chairman inquired about source of funding, Secretary Law for FATA had no answer. He posed a question that whether the audit of this funding is conducted or not and where this money is spent.  He sought details of all recipient of the money alongwith their CNICs and complete address within a week to make sure whether locals were beneficiaries or not.

On this occasion, State Minister for SAFRON Ghalib Khan said that only politicians are sinful in the country and rest are angels, adding we are declared traitors when talk about accountability. He made it clear that such things would not be repeated in future. He added Rs 90 billion was not a trifling amount.

Chairman of the Standing committee expressed resentment over bureaucracy and urged Secretary to disclose sources of funding within a week because funding could be made directly while audit could not be conducted of such funding. 

Earlier, briefing the committee, officials told that Rs 90 million have been given to FATA under Fata Education Foundation (FEF) for health and education projects. It was further told the money would be spent on religious institutions too.  Giving briefing about the health, the meeting was told that  there are 547 AIDS patients in FATA while South Waziristan stands in the second position.

Senator Khanzada Khan said that FATA members are helpless. He said the provincial government was written frequently about shortage in health department but it has not responded. On the other hand, he alleged that doctors were receiving salaries from two departments.  He told that some doctors were working with WHO along with KP government.