Gilgit, January 26: The biggest corruption scandal of Gilgit – Baltistan’s history has been busted with the help of information provided by intelligence agencies. Assistant Commissioner Diamer, Zahid Mumtaz, has been suspended along with 7 other officials of the revenue department on the allegations of the region’s biggest corruption scandal. A high level investigation committee headed by GB Home Secretary Bilal Lodhi has been formed to probe the mega corruption scandal involving hundreds of thousands of commission money allegedly taken from the people affected by construction of Diamer Dam.
According to details, the Assistant Commissioner was allegedly running a gang of revenue department officials who made hundreds of millions of rupees by providing fake measurements of at-risk land in the Diamer District. The officials, allegedly, took money from the land owners for providing fake measurements to enable the land owners launch exaggerated compensation claims against the potential loss of their land.
Payments against fake claims have been halted.
The Assistant Commissioner was allegedly caught red-handed while trying to transfer the money to an account, believed to be his father’s, in Lahore.
The mega corruption scandal has exposed the weakness in the governance structure where inexperienced legislators, larger-than-life role of bureaucracy, a weak judiciary and lack of parliamentary control have emerged as major hurdles for good governance.