Alleged Corruption in Pakistan: Five education officials arrested
WORLD / Gilgit, Pakistan – Five officials from the Gilgit-Baltistan Education Department have been arrested on charges of embezzlement.
This comes on the back of the mass sacking of illegally-hired teachers in March, where 180 teachers were sacked and 125 other individuals other investigations. The illegal hiring came to light after a committee appointed by the education minister audited the department in December 2013. The ministry had received a tip-off on the illegal hiring.
In the current corruption saga, an FIA official has told The Express Tribune the amount embezzled currently stood at 20 million rupees (USD$33,000). The report quoted below:
“Planning Director Syed Abedin, Faizullah Baig, Syed Nabi Shah and Abdul Mueen are among the ones accused of fraud. The FIA nabbed them on Wednesday when most of them were at their office. A contractor named Salam Jan is also among those arrested. “Three others have yet to be arrested. They have escaped but we are after them,” the FIA official said.”
Corruption in Pakistan is believed to be widespread. Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perception Index ranked Pakistan 127th out of 177 countries. Russia, along with several other countries, shared the same ranking.