Mehdi Shah accused of promoting nepotism and regionalism in Gilgit – Baltistan

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Gilgit, February 5: Chief Minister of Gilgit – Baltistan, Mehdi Shah, has been accused of using his executive powers to reward his near and dear ones.

The unjustified sacking of GB Education Secretary, Professor Mehboob Ali Khan, and the hurdles created by Mehdi Shah for promotion of Raja Nasir have raised serious questions about impartiality of Mehdi Shah.

It is pertinent to note that recently a close friend of the CM, Syed Hadi, was promoted from BPS – 18 to BPS – 19 and appointed Secretary Education of Gilgit – Baltistan. Another officer, Muhammad Ali Yogvi, was promoted and appointed Secretary Food and Agriculture.

It is pertinent to note that both Muhammad Ali Yogvi and Syed Hadi are from Baltistan region, and the later is believed to be a very close friend and relative of Mehdi Shah.

Professor Mehboob Ali Khan, who belongs to Hunza – Nagar, has been serving in Grade – 19 for more than 10 years and he has played in instrumental role in commission of the Karakuram International University and ICT centers in Gilgit – Baltistan. His sacking by the Chief Minister is being seen as an act of nepotism.

It is also to be noted that Raja Nasir, Director Education Baltistan Region, has not been promoted because the CM has, reportedly, refused to sign his promotion summary. Raja Nasir hails from Ghizar district.

Serious reservations are being raised about the credibility of Mehdi Shah to continue as Chief Minister of Gilgit – Baltistan. A group of legislators within the GBLA, including PPP legislators, are believed to be bracing for tabling a “no-confidence” motion against Mehdi Shah.

Yesterday’s ugly scenes of assaults and abuses are also believed to be part of the widening gap between the cabinet members and the chief minister.

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