Five companies, not one, took part in Mohmand Dam bidding: Vawda

ISLAMABAD: Taking a powerful exception of Shehbaz Sharif’s speech on Mohmand Dam contract within the Nationwide Meeting, Federal Minister for Water Sources, Faisal Vawda, has stated that the Chief of the Opposition had lied within the meeting and left the home with out listening to the details, ARY Information reported on Monday.

Vawda, whose flip to talk got here after Pakistan Folks’s Occasion (PPP) co-chair Asif Ali Zardari and Chief of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif, had a mountain of questions in entrance of him to reply concerning the deliberate Mohmand Dam.

“The Mohmand Dam was solely in information and limbo for 54 years. Now that the wheels have began rolling, they’re uncomfortable”, he stated.

Expressing his views on the award of dam’s development contract to Descon on reported ‘single-bidding’, the minister stated that the narrative introduced by Sharif earlier than the meeting was falsified.

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“When bids are invited by way of commercials, they will’t be known as ‘single-bidding’”, he stated.

“For single-bidding, an approval from the Prime Minister and the [federal] cupboard is required”, he added.

Increasing on the small print, Vawda stated that 5 corporations took half within the bidding course of for Mohmand Dam’s development contract.

“Bids have been invited in November 2017, and the paperwork have been submitted in June 2018. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) or Imran Khan was not within the authorities workplace at the moment”, he stated.

The minister additional stated that the federal government didn’t resolve on the tender itself, as a substitute relied on reviews of unbiased nationwide and worldwide boards.

Responding to Sharif’s earlier criticism on the federal government concerning Pakistan Electrical Energy Regulatory Authority (Pepra) guidelines, the minister stated that the principles said by the opposition chief weren’t right.

“If the Chief of the Opposition can not perceive guidelines written in English, I can convey him an Urdu-translation”, he taunted.

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Vawda thanked the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr Saqib Nisar for taking discover of the delay in development of the Mohmand Dam, saying that the development of the dam wouldn’t cease within the broader curiosity of the nation.

The minister additionally criticised Shehbaz Sharif for staging a walk-out from the meeting earlier than listening to the response. “He first introduced a falsified narrative, after which left the home with out listening to a response”, he stated.

“PPP and PML-N are making the dam controversial as a result of their politics will finish the day Pakistan’s issues are resolved”, he stated.

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