On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a statement to refute reports in the print media alleging that the country’s top court had not undergone an audit in the last decade. The apex court clarified that such reports were false, misleading and incorrect. The statement added that the matter was taken up by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which had summoned the court’s registrar following the reports.
Earlier this week, the PAC had summoned the registrar of the Supreme Court after taking note of the top court’s accounts not being audited in the past ten years. PAC Chairman Noor Alam Khan stated that no audit para of the Supreme Court had come before the committee in the last decade, prompting the summons.
The Supreme Court’s statement clarified that its audit had already been conducted and completed up to June 30, 2021. It also mentioned that the audit for the financial year 2021-2022 was still in progress and could be verified from the office of the Auditor General of Pakistan.
The court’s statement aimed to set the record straight and emphasized that the reports were based on erroneous information presented before the PAC. The statement underscored that the apex court is committed to transparency and accountability and undergoes regular audits as per standard practice.
In conclusion, the Supreme Court’s clarification refuted reports of the top court not being audited for ten years. The statement emphasized that the apex court had already undergone an audit up to June 30, 2021, and the audit for the current financial year was underway. The court’s commitment to transparency and accountability was evident in its response to the allegations.