Audit of 67 out of 89 sugar mills completed: Shehzad Akbar

By: News Desk      Published: 03:06 PM, 16 Oct, 2021
Shahzad Akbar
TV grab.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Mirza Shahzad Akbar has said that the sugar inquiry commission had imposed Rs619 billion liability on the mills as an audit of 67 sugar mills out of 89 has been completed, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

Talking to mediapersons in Islamabad on Saturday, Shehbaz Akbar said that Rs31 billion cases were before the courts from where few sugar mills got stay orders. 

“The FBR has collected double amount of tax in terms of last year and Rs588 billion tax is being received from sugar mills too,” he added.

Shehbaz Akbar said that Rs44 billion fine was imposed to break the sugar cartel. He said he would submit an answer in the National Assembly as well on the question raised by fellow members on the sugar commission.

He said these inquiries against sugar mills were held on merit by competent officers and there was no political involvement.

Shehzad Akbar said Petroleum Scandal Commission revealed there were 2,000 illegal petrol pumps and the closure of these petrol pumps actually boosted the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) sales.

The federal cabinet has given open permission to the FIA for recovery in this matter, he said. 

Shehzad Akbar reiterated, “Transparent inquiry into the scandal is required for fair accountability.” He claimed that the prices of petroleum products are linked with the international market.

Talking about the Broadsheet inquiry commission headed by Justice (retd) Azmat Saeed, he said the government paid Rs40 billion to the Broadsheet. 

He said that from 2009 to 2018 the then government did not fight the case properly. The commission is now investigating the matter, he added.