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.