Syed Ali Shah:

QUETTA: Over 200 vehicles owned by the Balochistan government are still with former provincial ministers, advisers, and parliamentary secretaries. “Former lawmakers are reluctant to return government’s vehicles”, a well-placed source in the Balochistan government told Daily Quetta Voice. He requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

So far, former provincial ministers have returned 45 vehicles to the Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD), an officer of the department mentioned. He stated, that six ministers were still reluctant to return official vehicles to the S&GAD.


S&GAD provides 3 vehicles to each minister officially

Officially, every minister is entitled to get three vehicles from the S&GAD, the officer revealed. However, most of the ministers, advisers and parliamentary secretaries managed to get official vehicles from officers including secretaries, managing directors, project directors, etc. in their respective departments, the officer narrated.

The former lawmakers kept these vehicles in their native towns and tried to keep them until the general elections. The Election Commission of Pakistan must ask the Balochistan government to make sure of the recovery of official vehicles as early as possible so that the vehicles cannot be used in elections, three key sources in the civil secretariat told Daily Quetta Voice.

A caretaker minister is yet to get a bulletproof vehicle from the former minister

The number of vehicles can be more than what is reported by this Daily. There was no word from the former lawmakers with regard to official vehicles. One of the caretaker ministers who also requested anonymity said that his bulletproof vehicle was with a former minister. The former minister is not handing over the vehicle to me, the caretaker minister lamented.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.