Gilgit, February 21: A high level bureaucrat named Syed Hadi Hussain is the latest victim of an anti-corruption drive making waves across Gilgit-Baltistan. Syed Hadi has been accused of taking tens of millions of rupees in bribe for distributing jobs of teachers and administrative staff in the Education Department of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Earlier this year, Director Raja Nasir and Deputy Director Mirbaz were forcibly retired from services after their involvement in corruption was proven as a result of an investigation.
More recently, another secretary named Muhammad Ali Yougvi was also suspended from service for his alleged involvement in corruption and irregularities in the Excise and Taxation department of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The Chief Secretary, Younis Dhaga, has now ordered an inquiry against Syed Hadi, a powerful bureaucrat who is also believed to be a relative of the Chief Minister, Syed Mehdi Shah.
Meanwhile, Syed Hadi Hussain has been suspended from service and an inquiry has been ordered against him. The investigation will be carried out by Interior Secretary Attaur Rehman.
It is pertinent that during the PPP regime the Education Department remained in the limelight for the all the negative reasons, mostly because high level officials were found to be involved in mega corruption scandals.