Punjab books officials, contractor for illegal extraction of gold from Indus
LAHORE: Punjab anti-corruption department has registered case against provincial mines department officials and others for illegal extraction of gold from Indus River, ARY News reported on Tuesday.
The anti-corruption department has registered case against five government employees including former director general of Punjab Mines Department Zafar Javed and the contractor, officials said.
The mines department officials were charged of illegally forming a new zone for extraction of sand from the river.
The sand extraction zone was formed at an area, which is known for presence of gold particles in the river, officials said.
The contractor has been charged of extracting billions of rupees gold while removing sand from the area, according to the officials.
The contractor company has inflicted billions of rupees loss to the national exchequer in collaboration with government officials.
The mines department granted Rs. 303 million contract to the contractor in 100 mln rupees only, officials said.
It is to be mentioned here that gold extraction along Indus, one of the largest rivers of the world, Hunza and Gilgit rivers in the remote Gilgit-Baltistan region is known from ancient times.