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Pakistan dam in spotlight as contract goes to former China critic

PM Khan's adviser faces conflict of interest cries after family company wins bid

A controversial bidding process has resulted in a contract for a dam project in Pakistan going to a consortium that includes a company founded by one of Prime Minister Imran Khan's advisers. The dam seen here is from a file photo.   © Reuters

LAHORE, Pakistan -- Imran Khan's government has come under scrutiny after it awarded a dam construction contract to a Chinese company and a Pakistani entity owned by the family of one of the prime minister's advisers.

The government awarded a contract of 309 billion Pakistani rupees ($2.21 billion) to build Mohmand dam in the northern part of the country to a consortium of China Gezhouba and Descon, a company founded by Abdul Razak Dawood, the prime minister's adviser on commerce and industry.

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