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Armoured vehicles worth Rs 5 crore to be purchased at cost of Rs 17 crore for Sindh police, disclosed in NA body  

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s standing committee on Defense Production , while taking notice of the purchase of armoured vehicles worth Rs 5 crore at a cost of Rs 17 crore for Sindh police, has summoned IG police Sindh , home secretary Sindh and Chairman FBR.

The meeting of National Assembly’s standing committee on Defense Production chaired by the chairman of the committee Khawaja Sohail was held at the parliament house here on Wednesday.
The chairman of the committee Khawaja Sohail Mansoor inquired from IG Sindh as to why the vehicles worth Rs 5 crore were purchased at a cost of Rs 17 crore, saying that either IG Sindh should resign or he should be ready to face the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Additional home secretary Sindh said that it was not a good experience with Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) as regards the purchase of armoured vehicles and 17 vehicles were purchased which were defective and therefore, agreement was signed with Serbia.
Khawaja Sohail expressed annoyance on the absence of IG police Sindh and home secretary Sindh and said that IG police Sindh should give up his post on the matter of purchase of armoured vehicles.
Chairman Heavy Industries Taxila Lt General (retd) Wajid Hussain Syed said that Sindh police did not ask before importing the vehicles, saying that every kind of armoured vehicles are manufactured in heavy industries Taxila
The next meeting of the committee will be held in the parliament house in Islamabad on March 2.

Earlier, the National Assembly’s standing committee on Defense Production summoned the Inspector General Sindh Police and the provincial home secretary in connection with a possible armoured vehicle procurement scandal.

The committee’s chairman MNA Sohail Mansoor expressed concern regarding importing sub-standard armoured vehicles when the Wah Ordinance Factory was producing high-standard armored vehicles locally.

Mansoor added that the decision to import when a high quality local option is available raises questions regarding ulterior motives behind the decision to import.

The committee summoned the Chief Secretary Sindh, the Sindh Home Secretary and IG Sindh to understand the reality of the situation