Call to audit Pak intel agencies

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  1. neo29

    neo29 Senior Member Senior Member

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    ISLAMABAD: Charging that the country's intelligence agencies were indulging in political manoeuvring, Pakistani lawmakers have demanded an audit of their secret discretionary funds including expenses on covert operations.

    The use of secret funds by the Intelligence Bureau came up for sharp criticism during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee of the national assembly held on Monday. Members of the committee belonging to different political parties said each and every penny spent by the intelligence agencies, even on covert operations, should be accounted for.

    The members used the occasion to criticise what was described by them as "shadowy operations" of all intelligence agencies under civilian or military control. The PAC took "serious notice" of Rs 400 million availed as a supplementary grant by the Intelligence Bureau in fiscal 2007-08 and asked its director general to present the agency's financial records to audit officials.

    Senior PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who heads the PAC, said people had seen the way agents of these agencies had been working , including "harassing and torturing journalists, interfering in politics and tapping telephones of politicians".

    Call to audit Pak intel agencies - The Times of India
     
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    What a joke. Wonder which intel agency allows an audit. RAW has a large amount of funds at its disposal and no one knows a thing about it nor will they ever know.
     
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    Given the past murky roles of ISI and the long list of Military rulers, it is not surprising that the Pakistani Law Makers are paranoid about the Intelligence agencies ability to create mischief.

    IIRC Nawaz Sharif was the favourite of the PA the first time around when he became the PM.
     
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    $133m cash to Pakistan missing: Lugar




    By Shaheen Sehbai
    WASHINGTON: The author of the Kerry-Lugar Bill, Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana has made a startling disclosure that about $133 million given as “cash aid” to Pakistan had not reached the displaced persons (of Swat and Malakand) as intended.
    The Senator revealed this at a Senate Committee confirmation hearing for the new US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter on Thursday at the Senate office building. Munter was questioned in detail about accountability of the US aid to Pakistan. He was later confirmed as ambassador.
    Senator Lugar, raising the issue seriously at the hearing, referred to the US Inspector General’s report for 2009 programme which said $44 million in cash transfer funds had not reached the IDPs.
    Likewise, Lugar revealed that staff visits earlier this month found similar concerns exist for $89 million cash transfer programme initiated earlier this year. The senator’s disclosures came just one day after the USAID and the Transparency International Pakistan signed an agreement in Islamabad to monitor the Kerry-Lugar aid.
    In his own words, Senator Lugar said: “Ambassador, my first set of questions are with regard to accountability for the United States assistance. One of the hallmarks of the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act was that we stressed accountability. And we stressed it because it’s a key to ensure annual funding. We’re going to have to appropriate money each year, even though we have a five-year authorization commitment. And we can ill afford to continue to read reports of inadequate monitoring and evaluation control, such as the June 2010 inspector general report for the 2009 programme, which said that they could, quote, “not provide reasonable assurance that the $44 million in cash transfer funds had actually reached 140,000 displaced families,” end of quote, as intended.
    “Now, while there are acknowledged challenges in delivering assistance, there must be adequate efforts to ensure its proper use. “Staff visits earlier this month found similar concerns exist for $89 million cash transfer programme initiated earlier this year.
    “Staff has made clear that transparency and accountability for Kerry-Lugar-Berman funding remains an elemental part of the assistance package.”He said in disbursing the Kerry-Lugar funds, effectiveness through proper planning and implementation was more important than speed, because the goal was sustainability and a long-term partnership. Initial implementation has proved uncertain, and resources should only follow those efforts that prove effective. Additional collaboration with Pakistani institutions is certainly necessary to assure progress.
    But the Senator made a surprising remark, which could mean a slowing up of the aid process. He said: “Rushing aid and accelerating programming could inhibit our goals of helping Pakistan achieve a more stable and productive economic situation. The country team should avoid spending for the sake of spending, and make clear to the Pakistani people the planning and organisation that is going on with the government at the federal and provincial levels. This is not a one-sided effort. Pakistan must also initiate and enable cooperation between our two governments to maximize the impact of these resources, as well as to create a sustainable environment for economic development.”
    Senator Lugar then asked the new ambassador: “How will you address such findings, as ambassador? What options do you have in altering or ending programmes, which fail to live up to our expectations? And secondly, while the administration is emphasizing greater flows through host country institutions, how prepared are the Pakistanis to partner with us on the effective expenditure of those funds? And while the goal of achieving such cooperation and oversight is laudable, shouldn’t we continue to work mostly with transparent aid organizations familiar with the region that they are in?”
    Ambassador Munter, in his response to Senator Lugar, confirmed the fears that millions of dollars in cash grants were unaccounted for. He told the Senate Committee: “You are right that what the inspectors have talked about is something that the embassy is very aware of. And I pledge that if I’m confirmed, I will certainly spend an enormous amount of time with AID to make sure that we get a handle on how these — how the — it is being disbursed and how we can oversee it.”
    Munter said: “One item will be that we will continue to have an assistance coordinator at the embassy. That position will remain. In my experience in Baghdad, I felt that this was — this was something that in the embassies that have a large aid portfolio, it’s crucial that we have someone who is coordinating and keeping track of all of the questions — the technical questions that people are following.
    “Similarly, I think that we will see, now that the AID mission has come up to full staffing and has got some new leadership, that their address — their plans to address the questions of the weakness or perceived weakness of the Pakistanis in getting aid out can be addressed through such mechanisms as the pre-award assessments, the insistence that either the institution or the — or the ministry has proper auditing facilities, and if not, that we will actually supply that auditing and that we will do comprehensive reviews.
    “We will keep the Inspector Generals there. The IG — state IG and the AID IGs play an important role in watching over these issues... I believe that the person who should pull this together on all assistance, the strategic view with assistance — of assistance, and the transparency and implementation, should be the strategic — should be the assistance coordinator. That means there would be team — a team — a cross cutting team under her direction that would include the people from the ODRC (sic/ODRP), from the military, that would include the AID team.”
     

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