Gilgit - Baltistan

PPP responds: Jiyalas rubbish PMLN’s white paper

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Gilgit, November 13: Jiyalas of all ages and positions have rubbished the allegations of corruption leveled against them in a white paper published by PMLN yesterday. Terming the white paper an effort to “black mail” the government, GBLA deputy speaker Jamil Ahmed said that PMLN needs a little introspection before leveling charges against the PPP.

Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah, who is the also PPP’s regional president, threatened to make the corruption of PMLN public. “They will not be able to the face the public if we come out with evidences, instead of baseless allegations”, he told the press. He also said that the PMLN has been baffled by the Supreme Court’s verdict in the “Asghar Khan” case, in which key PML leaders had allegedly received money from a segment of the establishment for manipulating the elections.

Provincial Finance Minister and the chief minister have also rejected the blame that the Governor and CM have spent tens of millions of rupees on their residences. “They will be able to prove nothing in this regard”, the CM said.

PPP leaders have accused Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman of “living off the money obtained from PWD”. They have said that the PMLN Chief Organizer should tell the people of Gilgit-Baltistan about the party’s contribution to political, social and economic development of the region. Counting political and constitutional reforms and packages as the sole contribution of PPP, the party leaders have said that the PMLN has historically given nothing to the Gilgit-Baltistan region, despite of being at the helm of affairs in the past.

The white paper has, however, been hailed by public circles who have termed it a step towards democratization of the society and promotion of accountability and transparency.

It is pertinent to note that senior cabinet members and party leaders, including GBLA Speaker, Wazir Baig, who is known for his straightforwardness, have also accused their government of failing to control corruption.

GB Minister for education and Information, Ali Madad Sher, had accepted in the GBLA that there are reports of corruption and irregularities in appointment of teachers.

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  1. All records are broken for corruption in GB by PPP led Govt.Why because they elected representative forget why they were chosen and who have chosen them. It is extremely regrettable that except few politicians most of the GBMLA members are involved in corruption either directly or indirectly. Majority of the party workers are against this corrupt mafia and they have expressed their extreme disagreement. Now the chief secretary a close aide of minister for Kashmir affairs has started his own game by humiliating the honest and dedicated officers of the soil and chief minister is so week due to his loose grip and character that it seems the package by PPP is just a tool of corruption. The Governor and GB Council must play their due role in controlling corruption and the bureaucracy for the misuse of power. If the situation remain like this then people will hate democracy as well the elected representatives that will lead to a martial law or military Government. The people of GB liberated their land not for the leisure of CM and his ministers or for making it a corruption den. The civil society is a silent spectator in all the situation instead of knowing all the facts about corruption.

  2. If you tell people I am thief then I will tell them about you too. What a nonsense logic and a clear proof that PPP and PMLN are dirty handed with corruption and want each other to put things under the carpet.

  3. Lolx.. Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah, who is the also PPP’s regional president, threatened to make the corruption of PMLN public. you made my day CM ..

  4. Criticism is inevitable for improvement of society or any organization. the critiques take the critisizm as break fast in order to bring improvement in their routines and systems.Any party or leader should confess the mistakes if these are rationalize. Now the world has become a global village and nothing remains uncovered. The ultimate objective of criticism may be improvement of system or society. Formerly as I had openly elaborated that We GBians appreciate and salute to all those presidents and prime ministers or parties who have practically worked for the well – being of GBians. that is as follows:
    – Shahid Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto demolished the FCR rule and envisioned the democracy in GB as well as in country.
    – President Pervaz Musharaf launched a net work of development programmes in GB by mega projects. He also provided fund to the MNAS of PPP as well to ensure development in their localities.
    KKH extention, Basha Diamer dame, and KIU are its examples.
    – Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz sharif practically involved in development of GB i.e provided relief and grant for Geyari and Atta abad disaster hit people, Encouraged and facilitated the GBIAN students through increasing seats in medical and Engineering, granting free education and rewarding high flyers of GBians. Apart from this they physically visited the homes of disaster hit people to reduce their grief and pain. All these shows their selfless commitment and devotion with GBians. We all need to be broad minded to discriminate between good and bad.
    – It is said now we have our own government of GB. Ok it is good but the question arises here are as follows:
    Why our all type of leadership is not at the align regarding the development of GB oron political decisions. We observe the following weaknesses in individuals or in systems which leads towards the cause of defaming party, Government or departments.
    – All officials ( Govt, Semi Govt, NGOs) are highly paid to provide services to communities.Is it happening so? I would say never, For instance the federal government supplies 14 kg ration per person per month( Sources from Home secretary office). while on ground the people are getting 6 to 8 kg per month in Ghizer, Gilgit and Baltistan. Yes some are getting more than 14 KG. why it is injustice, the answer is ,Not having accountability and mechanism of follow up or social auditing or dishonesty or corruption.If certain ministers or officers favours his or her party or community how can we can say that we have our own government. Of course this type of Government will be specify for certain people, or certain communities or certain group who are availing the opportunity.
    -It is also noticed that within party there is strong opposition regarding corruption. Some members are encouraging while some are its against. All these shows there is element of Corruption in some where which is highlighted by all well wishers of GBIans regardless of party affiliation.PPP jialays also condemned the corruption in a recent rally which was launched for peace and integration and against corruption.
    -I heard by many people saying that we were provided jobs after getting 3 to 4 lac rupees. If merit is discouraged and deserving people do not get their due right what is the usage of having our own government. I would never say that all ministers or all high officials are involved in this corruption. If any one is committed and remaining are silent or not discouraged it means they are also equally involved. Such types of Officers or leaders does not deserve to sit in GBIans seat. All officials needs to be beyond prejudices and affiliations in their official routines.
    – We all appreciating and appraising the efforts of Chief Secretary for streamlining the systems in Govt. departments in making accountable the officials but at the same time it is rumouring that honest and committed local officers are targeted by mounting pressure by political leadership. Personally I would never expect with respected Chief secretary to discourage the honest and local competent officers by saying of political leadership. It goes without saying that Gul baig has earned a good name in GB due to his professionalism and honesty. If he is targeted on political pressure it is not a good sign for GB. Being a guardian of GB and Officials The Chief secretary would do maintain equality and justice.
    – I would clearly say that if any Senior officer regardless of local or none local commits dishonesty and unaccountability in his profession he should not be spared. Before admonishing a staff the supervisor needs to play his role as a mentor too. Objective may be improvement not cursing or admonishing.
    We expect with all officials to keep in consideration in given code of conduct in their daily office routines.
    1. If office timing is 8.30 all are expected to be in their seats at 8.30 in offices. This can be applied for top to bottom who are getting remuneration from any organization. We expect with president and prime minister as well.Generally I have noticed high officials usually attend the offices after 10 am.How these officials can expect with their subordinates to follow office times
    2. If any official is late he or she should inform to immediate supervisor to be late. Habitual should be discouraged and salary deduction can be done to bring improvement in behaviour.
    3. It should be ensure that Staff attendance is maintained properly and accurate time is mentioned in register.
    4.The aspect of behaviour should be kept as key indicator in annual appraisal of staff. i.e smoking in offices, Alcohol drinking , gender harassment,negligence in duty regarding the protection of Govt. assets. Many indicators are also added to avoid and discourage the bad habits.
    5. The monitoring system if it exist need to be fair and transparent.I have heard there is a unit of general administration to monitor the offices but on ground it is invisible. This department needs to be more alert and vigilant to set routines. It would be better if we all would have internalize all set rules and values regarding the duty and offices as we witnessed in USA election. The western has learned from the writings of Muslim thinkers and scholars but we here are busy in conflicts and disintegration.
    We need to bring improvement in all discussed areas but prime responsibility rests with high officials and leadership to ensure the implementation of good governance rules and present their self as role model for their staff and public.It is hoped That all seniors would never take it inconvenient.

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