Allies of PM, Minister of State embroiled in UN dispute, PTI MNA alleges

ISLAMABAD: A member of the ruling PTI National Assembly (MNA) on Thursday claimed that the Prime Minister’s adviser on climate change Malik Amin Aslam and Minister of State Zartaj Gul got into an altercation while attending the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. Glasgow.

He made this claim during the meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Mr Aslam later rubbished MNA Riyaz Fatyana’s claim and said in a video message that the MLA would face disciplinary action by the party.

The PAC under the chairmanship of Rana Tanveer Hussain examined the audit report of the Ministry of Climate Change for the year 2019-20.

Mr. Fatyana said that during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, Minister of State Zartaj Gul had a dispute with the Prime Minister’s adviser and she returned to Pakistan midway through the programme.

He said the representation of Pakistan in the conference was not correct due to the incompetence of the officials of the ministry.

He said that no Pakistani official received the representatives of Nepal and other countries at the camp.

Later, Mr. Aslam said in his video message that Mr. Fatyana’s disclosure was a pack of lies as no such incident had taken place.

They said Ms Gul returned to Pakistan as she had to attend a joint session of Parliament.

According to him, Mr. Fatyana was spreading propaganda as he had come to attend the same conference with an NGO and demanded official protocol from the officials of the ministry. He alleged that Mr. Fatyana harassed the officials when they refused to give him a car that was meant only for the official delegation.

Meanwhile, the PAC Chairman directed the audit officers to address the low cost audit objections of the Ministry at the Departmental Accounts Committee (DAC) level.

The Committee examined the highlighted audit paras in the order of highest amount involved and the paras recommended for settlement by the DAC.

The audit objections of the Ministry of Climate Change were reviewed in the meeting.

Sikander Baloch, Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change said that he has recently taken over the charge of the ministry and he will be conducting the regular DAC.

The chairman of the committee stated that there was no problem in dealing with the audit objections, which were agreed upon by the DAC, which included the ministry and the audit authority.

Published in Dawn, November 26, 2021