KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday while adjourning till January 01 an application against the controversial procurement of armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for the security agencies, summoned comments from NAB in the matter.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali had taken up an application filed by Syed Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi, a civil rights campaigner, who moved the court against the procurement of armoured personnel carriers (APCs).
During hearing on Wednesday, Farooq H Naik, who represented Sindh government, submitted to the bench the details about the procurement of armoured personnel carriers (APCs). The court directed the NAB’s prosecutor to apprise it of inquiry conducted by NAB into the procurement of APCs when the matter was brought to its knowledge.
In an application, Naqvi submitted that provincial assembly passed the Sindh Emergency Procurement Bill, 2014 on February 7, 2014 for purchase of the different items required for the security agencies. Subsequently, the provincial authorities made an agreement with a Serbian firm for the purchase of APCs worth Rs8 billion on inflated rates without issuing any legal procurement tender.
Naqvi claimed that APCs being purchased have already been scrapped in Serbia and were not up to the mark but the authorities were purchasing the same at exorbitant rates.
He stated that the same vehicles can be purchased from America at a relatively lower price of Rs40 million each. He claimed that several top officers were removed when they refused to become part of this controversial deal, adding previous IGP was also transferred for the same purpose.
Naqvi said that Sindh government enacted the law with malafide intention in order to purchase the APCs and other equipment including bulletproof jackets, helmets for the law enforcement agencies, illegally. The court was pleaded to declare the Act and subsequent procurements as unconstitutional and set aside the new law.
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