Gilgit, Nov 12: The Gilgit-Baltistan government has institutionalized corruption by giving freehand to coalition and PPP ministers, cabinet members and legislators to amass wealth at the cost of the public. 500,000 sacks of wheat-grains are being embezzled. Around 600 million rupees are being embezzled in the name of internal security. 17 million rupees have been spent on construction of the Gilgit-Baltistan Governor House, but so far no progress has been made in this regard.
These allegations were leveled against the GB government by PMLN leaders at a press conference held in the regional capital.
PMLN’s regional chief organizer, Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman said that the institutions are being destroyed due to financial embezzlement, nepotism and favoritism. He also said that some blue-eye-boys of the PPP government have made tens of millions of rupees with the connivance of the Gilgit-Baltistan government.
He also said that despite of spending around one billion rupees on maintenance of peace, the region remains vulnerable and far away from stability and harmony. Hafeez further said that the youth are being made to fight, to keep them disunited.
He also said that basic pay scales of clerks have been changed and now they are getting salaries as teachers. He repeated the allegation of sale of jobs in the ministry of education and food & agriculture and PWD.
The detailed white paper, containing around 32 pages, made available to the media has statistics related to allegations of corruption.
The white-paper is likely to further strain the PPP led coalition government in Gilgit-Baltistan, which is already suffering because of internal tensions and disharmony within the cabinet and the party.
The PPP government will have to rebut the allegations with evidences, failing which the public will be justified to assume that the charges are valid and based on merit.