Massive discrepancies found in Zakat Fund in Sindh with Rs1.8 billion 'missing'

03:48 PM | 7 May, 2019
Massive discrepancies found in Zakat Fund in Sindh with Rs1.8 billion 'missing'
KARACHI - According to the audit report for the fiscal year 2016-2017, major financial discrepancies have been found in the accounts of the Zakat funds at the Sindh level. These discrepancies which amount up to Rs1.867 billion have been found in the accounts of health institutions and District Zakat Committees (DZS).

According to a report by Dawn, a fund of Rs30.680 million was released under the head of "rehabilitation and marriages assistance to unmarried women" during 2014-2016, the complete record of which was found missing from the office of DZC, Karachi East.

Discrepancies Found:

Other discrepancies found by the audit report in accounts of Zakat funds are following:

  1. The Sindh Bank irregularly retained Rs1.176bn of Zakat amount.

  2. A sample of 13 cheques amounting to Rs9.180m was drawn to reconcile the name of payees from the payee register of the office of the treasury office Karachi. The result shows that all the payees' names were different in the payee register from the name of payee noted in cash book counterfoils.

  3. The audit report also mentions about the irregular disbursement of permanent rehabilitation social welfare fund of Rs37.951m.

  4. ATM cards amounting to Rs327.67m on the account of "Guzara Allowance" were irregularly distributed

  5. Out of Rs2.950 billion budget, only Rs 1.435 billion was released to 28 DZCs and 38 hospitals in Sindh.

  6. The budget released amounts only up to 49 percent of the total available Zakat budget.

  7. Before releasing it to the deserving people, whole zakat amount of Rs1,176,000,000 was deposited with Sindh Bank in saving account for four months.

  8. The Zakat amount was retained by the bank only to earn profit but principle accounts officer didn't convene the DAC meeting until the audit report was filled.

  9. The auditor general of Pakistan has recommended that the amount retained by Sindh Bank along with profit be refunded.

  10. The irregular extension of management at Zakat Fund also raises red flags.

The report was recently presented before the Sindh Assembly, which referred it to the Public Accounts Committee so that it could study public audits, invite ministers, permanent secretaries or other ministry officials for questioning and issue a report of its findings.

How authorities have responded:

These irregularities were reported to the management but no reply was received and the meeting of the district accounts committee (DAC) was also not held till the finalization of the audit report.

These irregularities have also reported to the authorities on Jan 6, 2017, but no response was received.

The report has now been presented before the Sindh Assembly. The assembly has referred it to the Public Accounts Committee so they can study it, and invite relevant authorities including ministers, permanent secretaries or other officials for questioning. The report of the findings of PAC is expected soon.

Editor - Daily Pakistan Lifestyle.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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