Saturday, May 27, 2006

The little engines that couldn't

The stage was set: three retired lieutenant generals accused of corruption by their civilian counterpart; the evidence was incontrovertible - the generals in charge of the Pakistan railways had imported Chinese locomotives that were sub-standard and of the wrong specification; the defence was particularly derisory - a $100 million faux pas blamed on 9/11 and the lack of prospective suppliers.

The result? “Though there was misconduct in the procurement of locomotives, the then administration had made the deal in good faith, therefore, this issue stands settled.”

Misconduct in good faith - an oxymoron if ever there was one. Read more about it here.

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