Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday announced that the government will conduct an audit of the PM Flood Relief Fund to maintain transparency.
The fund will be audited by the Accountant General of Pakistan Revenues (AGPR) and a private audit firm of “global standing”.
“As per my commitment to ensure transparency, the government has decided to get the PM Flood Relief Fund audited by AGPR and a private audit firm of global standing. They will audit all incoming and outgoing funds, including where and how the money is spent. The audit reports will be made public,” PM wrote in a tweet.
Pakistan is experiencing one of the worst floods in its history. In the last 24 hours, 26 more deaths have occurred, which has taken the death toll to 1,290.
The floods have wreaked havoc across all four provinces. The scale of devastation has been estimated to be upwards of $10 billion.
Many countries are coming forward to help Pakistan. So far, the country has received aid from China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and the United Arab Emirates among others.
On Thursday, the UK announced an additional £15 million of lifesaving support for flood victims in Pakistan.
This week, the United States announced it would provide $30 million for flood victims.
United Nations (UN) chief Antonio Guterres called the floods a “climate catastrophe” and launched an appeal for $160 million in emergency funding. Meanwhile, western countries have also donated millions of dollars to Pakistan.