A Pakistani hospital thrice launched, never built

August 24th, 2011 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Aug 24 (IANS) A hospital in Pakistan’s Punjab province was launched thrice, but it hasn’t yet got built.

The 150-bed hospital was announced by then president General Pervez Musharraf during his visit to Murree in 2007.

The Dawn reported that the hospital project now has the dubious distinction of being launched three times at a huge cost the public exchequer, but nothing to show on the forest department land that was transferred to the health department for the project.

General Musharraf was the first to start it. The project was later initiated by then Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi and the third time by his successor, Shahbaz Sharif.

That’s not a solitary case.

A building for a girls’ degree college was completed a long time back at Dak Bangla, but it lies vacant, the media report said.

Hafiz Usman Abbasi, an official, said the college building was substandard and maintenance work had to be undertaken.

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