LAHORE - Former president and Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Muhammad Rafique Tarar has said that Quaid-i-Azam's right-hand man and closest associate Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan sacrificed his life for the sake of Pakistan.

He was addressing at a special sitting on the 65th death anniversary of the Pakistan Movement leader and the first prime minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khan at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan, here on Saturday.

He said that Liaquat Ali Khan transformed the Pakistan Movement into a mass movement. After the death of the Quaid-i-Azam, he worked day and night for rehabilitation of refugees.

He said that Liaquat Ali Khan refused to accept the American proposal of clinching defence pact including West Asia and Middle East until the Kashmir issue was resolved in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people. In the perspective of the current challenges, we need to show  courage and perseverance demonstrated by him.

Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice Chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad, Chief Coordinator Mian Farooq Altaf, Liaquat Ali Khan Memorial Committee General Secretary Mehfooz-un-Nabi, Begum Mehnaz Rafi and a large number of people from various walks of life.

Fraud reported to CM

Chairman Chief Minister's Inspection Team presented inquiry report to Chief Minister regarding deviation from rules and regulations in the purchase of furniture and equipment for IT lab in Education Department Layyah in the financial year 2014-15.

The Chairman CMIT informed that these items had also been purchased in violation of rules from the same firm in Rajanpur in the financial year 2014-15 but the DCO of that time took no step to blacklist the firm, says a handout issued here on Saturday.

Taking stern action over violation of rules and regulations in the procurement process, the Chief Minister ordered transfer of former and present DCOs of Layyah and Rajanpur as OSD and suspension of two former and present EDOs Education and EDO Finance & Planning of Layyah. Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif was addressing a meeting at Civil Secretariat here and DCO  Office Layyah through video link.

The Chief Minister directed that those responsible for violating  rules in the procurement process should be identified and departmental action should be taken against them. 

He further directed that complete forensic investigation of purchase of furniture and other items by the Education Department during financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16 be conducted.

He directed that a centralized system should be adopted in future with regard to procurement of furniture and other items for schools.

CM said that centralized system would help in ensuring more transparency in procurement process.