Almost 105 development projects–payments of which were made in advance during the preceding regional government’s tenure–are unfinished, said Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Governor Barjees Tahir on Thursday.
Whereas addressing a news conference at his office in Gilgit, the governor said he was really troubled about this revelation. “The projects remain incomplete even though payments have been made in advance, this is tantamount to corruption,” said Tahir who is on a two-day official visit to Gilgit.
“I had heard about the sale of jobs in G-B but I have now learnt that development schemes have also been sold here,” he said, referring to the previous Mehdi Shah government which faced corruption allegations in the education and works departments.
“The people behind the corruption are trying to make my appointment as governor an issue by playing the local and non-local card,” said Tahir, in an obvious reference to recent statements made by PPP leaders who refused to accept Tahir’s appointment because he does not belong to G-B.
The governor announced that the stalled projects will be completed within three months, and the role of National Accountability Bureau and Federal Investigation Agency will be expanded in the region to bring corrupt elements to task.