Construction of Airports at Islamabad and Multan: Supreme Court of Pakistan issues notices to respondents enabling them to file reply before next date of hearing pointing out present status of construction of Airports

Islamabad, June 12, 2013 (PPI-OT): Today, a three member bench headed by Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising on other two judges, namely, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the Const. P. No. 33 of 2013 filed by Mr. Asif Fasihuddin Khan Vardag VS Federation of Pakistan through Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Secretary Establishment and DG, Civil Aviation Authority.

The petitioner has alleged in his petition that Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad was to be completed in December 2011 but there is no sign of its completion at present; that the Airport was to be completed at a cost of Rs. 35 billion but now the estimate has shoot up to Rs. 73 billion and is estimated to Rs. 90 billion; that this cost has sky rocketed because of the corruption of the higher echelons of the Administrative and political structures in-charge of the project; that the role of the Director General Civil Aviation Authority, according to him, is pivotal in this organized loot; that respondent No. 3 Air Marshal (R) Khalid Choudhry was appointed as DG CAA in May, 2011 through an Executive arrangement order by the then Minister for defence without any legal and fair play requirements being observed; that he was given the charge of two Mega Projects, namely, the Benazir Bhutto International Airport at Islamabad and the Multan International Airport as these were considered to be lucrative charges; and that respondent No. 3 Air Marshall (R) Khalid Choudhry was appointed on contract basis for a period of three years on 3rd November, 2012. Considering the above allegations of corruption and appointment of respondent No. 3 Air Marshall (R) Khalid Choudhry without adhering to the principles of transparency, the Bench issued notice to the respondents enabling them to file the reply before the next date of hearing pointing out the present status of the construction of Airports both at Islamabad and Multan and the original and revised cost of both the Airports with further explanation, if any, as to whether the construction of Airports shall be completed within this amount of its cost is likely to further escalate. They should submit the reasons about the non-completion of both Airports within the specified time. The case was adjourned to 24.06.2013.

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