PM Imran pledges action over wheat, sugar crises after April 25

Says waiting for high-powered commission’s forensic reports into the scam

By: News Desk      Published: 01:09 PM, 5 Apr, 2020
PM Imran pledges action over wheat, sugar crises after April 25

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that he will wait for the forensic reports of the high-powered commission into the flour and sugar crises and will take action against those involved after April 25.

In a tweet, the prime minister said "After these reports come out, no powerful lobby will be able to profiteer at the expense of our public."

Imran Khan said this in view of the recent reports by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) regarding the sugar and wheat crises in the country.

On Saturday, two reports on the recent sugar and wheat crises in the country were made public, exposing ruling PTI's top leader Jahangir Tareen and allied parties’ leaders Federal Minister for Food Security Khusro Bakhtiar, PML-Q’s Moonis Elahi and their relatives as being responsible for the crises.

However, Moonis Elahi said that he had no link with the Rahim Yar Khan Sugar Mills cited in the FIA report.

The reports were made public on the directives of the prime minister who, according to Special Assistant on Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar, had ordered stern action against those found involved in the crises "irrespective of their status and party affiliation".

In another tweet on Sunday, Imran Khan said that he had finally fulfilled the promise made to the people. "As promised preliminary reports into sudden price hikes of sugar and wheat have been released without alteration/tampering. This is unprecedented in Pakistan's history," he said.

He added that previous political leaderships lacked the courage to release such information due to their "vested interests and compromises".