ISLAMABAD: The caretaker administration has decided to own Aghaz-e-Haqooq-Balochistan programme that was conceived and initiated by the government of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani some four years ago and billions of rupees were disbursed under it since then.
The programme was disputed by certain political parties on account of lack of transparency and the misplaced priorities determined under it. Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has convened a high level meeting to discuss various aspects of the programme. It will take place in the Prime Minister House today (Tuesday) and number of the federal secretaries dealing with the programme will attend it.
Well-placed sources told The News that PM Khoso who belongs to Balochistan is fully aware of the facts regarding the programme and it is understood that he would like to ascertain that how a programme that was initiated for the sake of ending the deprivation sentiments of a province were doled out among the members of the different houses of the Parliament whereas nothing is visible on the ground.
The possibility couldn’t be ruled out that the prime minister could ask for comprehensive auditing of the expenditures under the programme that proved to be non-starter despite tall claims of the former rulers.
Yet in another possibility probe could be ordered into the utilization of the funds in the programme. It is almost certain that the incumbent administration has no intention to call off the programme despite massive complaints about its misuse, the sources said.
Khoso will undertake three days visit of Balochistan towards the end of the week. It will be his first visit to any of the city outside the federal capital after assuming the office. He will be leaving for Quetta on 4th of this month and return on 7th. The prime minister later undertakes visit of other provincial capitals, the sources said.
The prime minister was supposed to proceed to Karachi today (Tuesday) but he has changed the programme and he will be staying back in the federal capital for participation in the oath taking ceremony of his cabinet colleagues that has been slated for the evening of the day, the sources reminded.