‘Conflict of interest’: People react as Descon, Chinese group win Mohmand Dam bid
A joint venture of Pakistan’s Descon and Chinese group Gezhouba has won the bid to build Mohmand Dam and people have mixed reactions.
The Rs 309 billion project had two bidders, including the Descon-Gezhouba duo and a consortium consisting of the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), Andritz Hydro and Power China. The consortium was disqualified on technical grounds.
Descon was founded by Advisor to the Prime Minister Abdul Razzak Dawood and although he resigned as the chairman before joining PM Khan as an advisor, he still remains a main stakeholder in the company and that does not sit well with Pakistanis.
People have mixed reactions over the issue. Some believe it is ‘conflict of interest’ while others believe that Abdul Razzak Dawood has nothing to do with Descon anymore.
‘Abdul Razzak Dawood may have resigned from Descon in Aug 2018 but he remains on its board & is the majority shareholder’
Defending the indefensible — clearly the Govt's Spokesman on the Economy needs to understand what 'Conflict of Interest' means – Abdul Razzak Dawood may have resigned from Descon in Aug 2018 but he remains on its board & is the majority shareholder pic.twitter.com/nTmZJwMIno
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) January 2, 2019
Some people believe this would make the Dam bidding process controversial
— Kalb-e-Haider (@Haidery05) January 2, 2019
Others believe Dawood has nothing to do with Descon anymore. ‘Abdul Razzak Dawood is not on the Descon Board anymore. He resigned before he joined the Govt’
Abdul Razzak Dawood is not on the Descon Board anymore. He resigned before he joined the Got.
I may have a 100 problems against this govt but ARD being an advisor to PM is not one of them.
One of very few competent people in the govt. https://t.co/sq53fnkEhY
— Saad G. Sheikh (@SaadGulzarSh) January 2, 2019
Here is another one who believes Dawood is being unnecessarily dragged into to it
He was with descon, infact developed it as a proud name of pakistan! Abdul Razak Dawood has resigned before taking oath.
Kindly fix your facts. Thank you !
— • S I D R A • (@imran_sidra) January 1, 2019
People are also calling it ‘conflict of interest’
(Conflict of interests) applies only when it’s Zaradri or Nawaz in govt. Adviser to PM on Commerce, Textile, Industry & Production and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood and Chinese company — China Gezhouba has won the bid for construction of Rs309 billions Mohmand Dam pic.twitter.com/Ak23HZ6OBA
— Emran Brohi (@ibrohi31) January 1, 2019
Speaking to Dawn, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that there was nothing wrong in awarding the contract to Descon. He also added: “Is there any firm in the country which is bigger than Descon?”
Moreover, the minister also urged Abdul Razzak Dawood to speak to the media and give a detailed statement over the issue.