Gilgit, November 5: Hot words were exchanged today in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly between treasury and opposition members, while debating the allegations of massive corruption in the region.
MLA Nawaz Khan Naji said that corrupt politicians are traitors and they should be brought to justice. He accused the government of nepotism and fiscal fraud. He was joined by opposition leader Haji Janbaz Khan, who claimed to be a “witness of corruption”. MLA Mirza Hussain, a coalition partner member in the GB government, also hurled allegations of massive corruption at the PPP led government.
Chief Minister Mehdi Shah, commenting on a news published in a leading newspaper, said that his statement had been disfigured and portrayed in the wrong he. He rubbished the reports that quoted him saying that corruption to the amount of 1.2 billion rupees had been forgiven by the government.
Sheikh Nisar and Wazir Shakil, Law Minister, rejected the allegations of corruption, terming the blames to be baseless and based on ill-will.
Speaker Wazir Baig said that the committees formed to probe the charges of corruption should submit their reports. He said that those involved in corruption should be brought to the book. He lamented the delay in submission of inquiry reports, for which tasks had been given to specially constituted committees.
The Gilgit-Baltistan government is in hot waters now a days due to repeated charges of corruption hurled by PMLN, in the form of a white-paper, and other political players and ordinary people. The ministry of Works, Food and Agriculture, Power and Education are being singled out as the most corrupt institutions of Gilgit-Baltistan, where jobs are reportedly being sold for as much as 300,000 rupees.