The federal government has appointed Ahad Khan Cheema to investigate the four-year-delayed launch of the Islamabad Metro project.
According to sources, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif ordered the investigation on 14 April, before Cheema’s hiring. The premier plans to inaugurate this project this week and has directed the CDA to finish it by today.
Cheema tweeted about the investigation, saying,
At 7:00 a.m., Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif went to the Peshawar Mor Metro bus station to check on the progress. The PML-N project, which began in 2017, was supposed to be completed in 2018, but there were delays. The Prime Minister has ordered an investigation into the holds.
On March 10, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) issued a press release revealing that the third-party pre-shipment inspection of buses for the Metro project had been completed in China and that the buses would arrive in Pakistan within 20 days. It was also stated that the project’s trial run would take place in the first week of April.
Subsidies for the Metro and Speedo buses are being provided by the federal and provincial governments in the billions of rupees. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is opposed to untargeted subsidies and has recently expressed concern about Pakistan’s announcement of untargeted subsidies on petrol and electricity.
Cheema was recently pardoned by the Establishment Division of the charges listed in the Charge Sheet/Statement of Allegations.
According to the corresponding document:
Following the completion of the disciplinary proceedings initiated under Rule 9 of the Civil Servants (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules, 2020, via Order of Inquiry of even number dated 24.09.2021, The Secretary Establishment Division, as Authority under Rule 2 (1) (c) of the Rules ibid read with Rule 6 of the Civil Servants (Appointment, Promotion, and Transfer) Rules, 1973, has been pleased to exonerate Ahad Khan Cliccma (PAS/BS-19), from the charges/allegations leveled against him in Charge Sheet/Statement of Allegations of even number dated 24.09.2021 under Rule 16 (5) of the Rules ibid.