Gilgit, July 16: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Wednesday arrested five employees of the Gilgit-Baltistan Education Department on charges of embezzlement related to the NAVTEC project, launched by the federal government in 2009 for skills enhancement of youth. Seven vocational centers were to be created as part of the project, one in each of the region’s seven districts. However, the arrested officials in connivance with the contractor allegedly misappropriated the funds and led the project towards a disastrous failure. Hunt for two more officials, including Kacho Sayedan and Attaullah has been launched by the FIA, according to media reports.
The arrested people include former Director Planning Syed Abedeen, Syed Nabi Shah, Faizullah Baig, Abdul Mueen and contractor Salam Jan. They have been accused of misappropriating funds related of the NAVTEC, or National Vocational and Technical Education Commission.