July 5, 2020

AGP detects massive irregularities in Baitul Mal, Zakat funds

The Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) has found massive irregularities in Zakat and Baitul Mall funds during audit year 2019/20.

In compliance with the apex court’s order in Covid-19 suo motu case, a report was submitted by the AGP office in which it had been stated that the audit of 100% budget was carried out and irregularities to the tune of Rs3.1 billion were found by the audit.

The Pakistan Baitul Mal’s budget was Rs5 billion and the irregular expenditures amount to 62% of it, according to the report. An amount of Rs475 million recoveries were also pointed out in the report.

The report said that the total budget of Zakat department was Rs7. 38 billion. A sample audit of 13% of this budget, which amounted to Rs961 million, was carried out in which irregularities of Rs574 million – or 60% of the audited amount – were detected.

The reply said that Zakat collected by the federal government was being transferred to provinces as per formula. Out of the total collection, 7% is being retained for the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), [former] Federally Administer Tribal Areas (Fata) and Gilgit-Baltistan.

“The share of the ICT is 35%, [ex-]Fata 46% and GB 19%. The remaining 93% share is given to the provinces. The provincial share is 57% for Punjab, 24% for Sindh, 14% for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and 5% for Balochistan,” it said.

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