Controversy erupted on social media over the Digital Pakistan Initiative, a company created by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government, when Imran Khan’s special assistant Tania Aidrus, who heads the program, set up a fundraiser. The question of joining the board of directors of a non-profit company (Pakistan Digital Foundation) has been raised. This issue has shocked everyone, but now Tania Aidrus’ statement on this issue has also come to light.
According to Dawn News, Prime Minister Khan launched the Digital Pakistan program on December 5 last year and nominated Google executive Tania Aidrus to lead the initiative, leaving the post to lead Google. Came here.
The Digital Pakistan program operates directly under the Prime Minister’s Office. In accordance with the provisions of Rule 4 of the Rules of Business 1973, Tania Aidrus was appointed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Digital Pakistan in February. According to recent revelations on social media, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) earlier this month awarded a non-profit company called Digital Pakistan Foundation (DPF) to praise the government’s Digital Pakistan initiative. Was filed under Section 42.
Tania Aidrus, Founder Director of the Foundation, Jahangir Tareen, Leader of PTI, Mudassar Ilyas Sheikh, CEO of Online Taxi Company Karim and Sikandar Bashir Mohmand, Lawyer of Jahangir Tareen. The lack of transparency in the funding and operations of the Nation has raised concerns, and in particular has led to a conflict of interest.
In an exclusive interview with Dawn News, Tania Aidrus said that there is no problem for any special assistant to join the board of a non-profit company, it is important to remember that this private Limited is not a company. The problem arises when the company is profitable. He said that the purpose of the foundation was to provide free assistance to the government in digitization initiatives. He said that just as the foundation does not intend to receive any money from the government, it also does not intend to increase the burden on the government but seeks to increase funds by raising funds from external donors and not loans. Co-Tania Aidrus confirmed to Dawn that Jahangir Tareen was part of the founding team as someone involved in the government’s reform efforts. However, he said that he resigned from the board due to increasing personal and business pressure, which required his full attention in April. He said that on April 15, 2020, Jahangir Tareen became a member and director. He said that the SECP had accepted the request of Jahangir Tareen to resign as a member on April 23.
The former Google executive said the foundation’s team is in touch with a number of grantees, including the richest Pakistanis who want to do something for Pakistan. According to him, the company has not yet formally started receiving work and funding.