PM vows action over flour crisis
Cabinet for recovering undue expenditures from Nawaz, Zardari within a month
January 29, 2020 08:00 AM
Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to punish those responsible for recent flour crisis and maintained that the government will take steps to tackle profiteers and hoarders with iron hands who are fuelling inflation in the country.
Briefing media on federal cabinet’s meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said at the outset of the meeting the Prime Minister vowed to take every step to provide relief to the people who are facing the brunt of inflation.
Imran Khan also directed Ministry of National Food Security and related organisations to take all-out measures for supply of edible items to people. The Prime Minister said action will be taken against those responsible for recent flour crisis in the light of recommendations of investigative report.
The Special Assistant said the cabinet discussed the issue of appointment of new IG Sindh and it was decided to appoint a person for this top slot with consultation. The Prime Minister directed Sindh Governor to hold consultation with provincial chief minister regarding names put forth for the appointment of IG Sindh.
She said the cabinet endorsed the decisions of its previous meeting. It gave approval to decision of reduction in urea rates to provide relief to the farmers.
Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed said the federal cabinet decided to recover money of undue expenditures from former Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari within a month. He said if they fail to submit the amount to government, legal action will be taken against them.
He said the previous governments burdened the country with huge debt as they plundered national wealth on their personal gains. He said a loan of 24,000 billion rupees was taken during the tenures of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and ex-President Asif Ali Zardari.
He said national institutions were pledged to take loans. Murad Saeed said Sharif Brothers had established five camp offices apart from CM Office while former President Asif Ali Zardari had three camp offices. The family installed barbed wire at a cost of 270 million rupees from national exchequer at their residence. He said 2753 police personnel were dedicated for the security of Sharif family.