Action sought against govt officials, councillors for nepotism


MASTUJ: Public circles here have demanded action against government officials and others for depriving deserving people of compensation for damages to their properties in the earthquake. 

Sources in the area told ChitralToday that Ghulam Mustafa, a District Council member from Mastuj, along with Mohsin Hayat Shadab, a member of the teshil council, had turned out to be the major beneficiaries of the cash compensation.

They said both Mustafa and Mohsin not only managed to get cheques for themselves but also succeeded in including the names of their relatives, friends and political supporters in lists prepared for the cash compensation claiming their houses were damaged in the earthquake.

They said the patwaris started a new trend of embezzling the earthquake cheques by willfully including the names of prominent personalities of the area, such as Shahzada Sirajul Mulk, his younger brother Shahzada Sikandarul Mulk, Qazi Jamaluddin, etc. in a bid to oblige them and escape any action despite knowing their properties were not damaged.

Talking to ChitralToday on phone from Mastuj, Sikandarul Mulk said Teshildar Nooruddin and additional assistant commissioner Mohammad Saleh had nothing to say when he questioned them in front of Assistant Commissioner Mastuj Hamidullah Khan Khattak during the latter’s visit to Mastuj if his family ever approached them to include his name in the list.

“They’d nothing to say when I asked them in front of the AC why cheques were issued to me when none of us ever sought help from the government for the damages caused to the Mastuj fort. This was done willfully by the officials for reasons best known to them…I told the AC that I don’t need any cheque,” he added.

He said subdivision Mastuj, the worst affected area comprising three tehsils, had so far been issued about 4,000 cheques while in subdivision Chitral over 14,000 cheques had been distributed, a marked difference which, Sikandar said, was not acceptable. He said in lower Chitral, 80 per cent people, majority of whom not affected, were given cheques without any verification but Mastuj subdivision is being ignored by the district administration as it has failed to undertake a transparent survey.

He told AC Mastuj in an unequivocal term that any attempt to register FIR against the people without taking action against the officials involved in conducting fake surveys or giving undue favours to their dear and near ones will be resisted.

The AC Mastuj was told that he should first crackdown on the officials for misleading the administration by enlisting the names of people whose properties were not damaged. After registration of FIR against the AAC and the tesildar, the next turn should be of people involved in making false claim of damages during the earthquake.

He also threatened that any negligence by the district administration to treat subdivision Mastuj not at par with lower Chitral would have serious repercussions, as people will go to Gilgit-Baltistan which comes directly under administrative control of the federal government to seek help as the provincial government failed to ensure judicious distribution of the compensation.

The people of the area said residents of Muldeh, a small locality at Chuinj village, had been worst affected and their proprieties were completely damaged. But Ghulam Mustafa, to whom people voted in local government elections, did not even bother to help them and instead laughed off by getting cheques for himself and his relatives.

The people of the area also demanded strict action against Ghulam Mustafa, Mohsin Hhayat and the patwaris. They also demanded to initiate another survey in Rizun village of Laspur, where a patwari had reportedly declared his relatives as the victims.

The people of the area demanded that AC Mastuj Hamidullah Khan Khattak should make all the additional assistant commissioners (AACs) and the patwaris working directly under his supervision accountable as they were directly responsible for the mess.

  1. irfannullah says

    i am amazed how this scribe has been hurling accusations on people of dignity in all his writings. he may think this as journalism but for most of the readers it in nothing but shameless allegations. Ghulam Mustafa, as i know him, is a very humble person who has been a teacher not only to us but to our fathers and teachers as well. now this man, while labeling the most disgusting charges on him, does even both to cite a couple of evidences. it is equally regrettable that Chitraltoday has given freehand to people like this – all time depressed and pessimist – to write the likes of his whim. it is unfortunate indeed and shouldn’t be tolerated by the editor. i would suggest the accusees should take the case to a court of law.

  2. Shujaat Ali Bahadar says

    It is harsh but true reality that our elected members are thirsty for corruption. They are just looking for the way to do corruption. Its very surprising that the name of some notables and elected members of UC Mastuj are in the list of Affectees. In fact non of these notables are affected. It is unfortunate to say that the affected UC Mastuj has also been deprived for leadership since couple of decades. We have been always elected corrupt people as our leader. It is requested to social activists to highlight the corruption of notables in our UC.

  3. Waqar ahmed says

    Shahzada Sikandarul Mulk sb, ya hamary society k ek alamia ha ek kam kar kay ham jaldi bol jaty ha, ek dowor tha ap as a Tehsil nazim tha kia ap na etna saf shafaf kam kia k log ap sa mutmayen ha Jawab Nahi,us time ap na b apnon ko nawaza tha jo apko support karty thy. Or ap na Ghulam Mustafa k name high light kia ha bilkul sahi woh awami namayenda ha magar ya nahi kar sakta ha jeso dil kary nawazy jeso ko dil kary na day, mary khiyal ma us k sakhy bahi k ghar tabah ho chuka ha abi tak e rupia nahi mala ha us ko. Agar GM karta us ko nawazta. It is all oversight of our administration.

  4. Shahid says

    The issues faced by the people in subdivision Mastuj is indeed a test case for both Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama waraich and his Assistant Commissioner Mastuj Hamidullah Khan. The way the corrupt patwaris are flexing muscles to embezzle the compensation cheques, shows that the claim made by PTI chairman Imran Khan of reining in the corrupt patwaris, has proved to be complete farce. Now, it has become a real challenge for DC Chitral and Assistant Commissioner how they deal with corrupt patwaris who have ganged up against both the DC and his AC. The way cheques were given to relatives by a corrupt patwari at Rezun village of Laspur, speaks volume how the patwaris are struggling to blackmail the AC Mastuj. If the AC Mastuj failed to ensure the judicious distribution of compensation cheques, it means he hand in gloves with the patwaris.

  5. Booni says

    Kash app likhari hazarat aur cheqs claims karny waly, aur wo jinho ny cheeqs wosol kiyee, wo din yad rakhty jis din Allah tala nay app logon ko hila k rakha tha,, abhi b towba istifar karoo aur apni galtio k liye allah sy mafi mangoo. Aur app logo ko b jin logo ny jhuti darkhawsteen dy rakhi hain FIR k bad pata chal jaeega , k Mustafa aur muhsin hayat ny kis ko fever kiya hai kis ko nhi… will see soon.

  6. muhammad khan, peshawar says

    chetrarian sharafat hanise sora nisai na muqa ki milao hoi hamit zardario sar agay nisini kia. sharam korelik wa e mosho kiagh noqsan no biti sher hase paisan bachen tansoro afat zada qarar doyan. khafe khuda korur afato mo mashkur jama.

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