ISLAMABAD: The Senate was provided on Wednesday details of commercial entities being run by various wings of the armed forces in the country.
In a written reply to a question asked by Senator Farhatullah Babar of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif informed the house that there were nearly 50 “projects, units and housing colonies” functioning in the country under the administrative control of Fauji Foundation, Shaheen Foundation, Bahria Foundation, Army Welfare Trust (AWT) and Defence Housing Authorities (DHAs).
According to the details provided in the reply, eight DHAs were established in major cities. These DHAs — mostly created through ordinances — are in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi-Islamabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Peshawar and Quetta.
Besides, there are 16 “projects/units” functioning under the AWT, 15 under the Fauji Foundation and 11 under the Shaheen Foundation.
The house was informed that Bahria Foundation was not administrating any housing colony in Pakistan, “however, an offshore tolling type LNG project is under its consideration”.
Bahria Foundation not administrating any housing colony, Senate told
The projects/units being run by the AWT are:
Two stud farms in Pakpattan and OkaraArmy Welfare Sugar Mills, BadinAskari Project (shoe and woollen), LahoreArmy Welfare Mess and Blue Lagoon Restaurant, RawalpindiReal estate comprising three small housing schemes in Lahore, Badaber and SangjaniAskari General Insurance Co Ltd RawalpindiAskari Aviation Services, RawalpindiMAL Pakistan Ltd KarachiAskari Guards (Pvt) Ltd, head office (HO) in RawalpindiAskari Fuels (CNG) with HO in RawalpindiAskari Seeds, OkaraAskari Enterprises, RawalpindiFauji Security Services (acquired from Fauji Foundation), HO in RawalpindiAskari Apparel, LahoreAskari Lagoon, Faisalabad.
The projects/units under Fauji Foundation are:
Fauji CerealsFoundation GasFauji Fertiliser Company LtdFauji Cement Co LtdFauji Oil Terminal and Distillery Co LtdFauji Kabirwala Power Company LtdFoundation Power Co (Dharki) LtdAskari Cement LtdAskari Bank LtdFoundation Wind Energy (I and II) LtdNoon Pakistan Ltd LahoreFauji Meat LtdFauji Fertiliser Bin Qasim LtdFauji Akbar Partia Marine Terminal Ltd, HO in Karachi.
A company under the name of Pakistan Maroc Phosphore SA was set up in Morocco by the Fauji Foundation in 2008.
Similarly, the projects, units and housing colonies under the administrative control of Shaheen Foundation, which is a trust of the Pakistan Air Force, are:
Shaheen Airport ServicesShaheen AerotradersShaheen KnitwearShaheen Complex, KarachiShaheen Complex, LahoreShaheen Medical ServicesHawk AdvertisingFazaia Welfare Education School SystemSAPS Aviation CollegeAir Eagle Aviation AcademyShaheen Welfare Housing Scheme, Peshawar.
The Senate was told that Shaheen Foundation was established in 1977 under the Charitable Endowment Act 1890 “to promote welfare activities for the benefit of serving and retired PAF personnel, including civilians and their dependents, and to this end generate fund through industrial and commercial enterprises”.
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