KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice President and parliamentary leader in Sindh assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh has said that the provincial government of Sindh is directly responsible for ongoing artificial wheat flour crisis.
According to details, PTI leaders Haleem Adil, opposition leader in Sindh assembly Firdous Shamim Naqvi and others held a joint press conference in Insaf House.
On the occasion, Haleem Adil said for the last few days, some vested interests in Sindh are trying their best to hold the federal government responsible for the wheat flour crisis. He said the facts tell a different story and expose the ugly face of the provincial government and its mismanagement.
He said that in the godowns of Pasco of the federal government, there was a stockpile of 0.4 million tones of wheat of the Sindh government, but the Sindh government has only lifted 0.1mn tons and the rest stock of 0.3mn tons of wheat of Sindh government is present in the godowns of Pasco.
He said in the government of Nawaz Sharif there was a pact to supply wheat to Afghanistan, but last July this agreement was ended by the PTI government.
Haleem Adil said that Rs 90 billion were looted by the rulers of Sindh, but the anti-corruption or aunty-corruption department of Sindh has yet to file its report in this regard.
He said that even today overall 1million tons of wheat are present in the Pasco godowns in Sindh province, but the provincial government of Sindh in order to malign the federal government has created this artificial crisis of wheat.
He made it clear that to supply wheat to flour mills and other stakeholders is the responsibility of the provincial government.
Haleem Adil said corruption mafia in Sindh has sold 0.8 million tons of wheat on credit to their favorite people and made no recovery from them.
He said now the NAB has taken action against them and recovered Rs10billion from them. He said in Sindh from 0.8million tones of wheat, 0.4million tons were eaten from what he called ‘mice of PPP’.
He said to control the rate of wheat flour is also the responsibility of the Sindh government, adding that today the Sindh food department has to pay Rs 90 billion loans taken from banks for wheat procurement.
Haleem Adil said that the federal government has started sending 10000 tons of wheat to Karachi and Hyderabad through NLC trucks. He said Ismail Rahu has started telling lies since he has joined the PPP.
He said in past IGPs in Sindh had also transferred been but no minister had ever read charge sheet against them on media. He said the IGP is still present in Sindh and he would also be present in the future.
Firdous Shamim Naqvi said in Sindh the tempo of corruption is more than the tempo of politics. He said we want to raise the issues faced by the general public.
He said the Sindh government is only talking about good governance and transparency but taking no action. He said wheat flour was given to Sindh at the rate of Rs34 per kg but it is being sold at Rs80 per kg.
He said as Asif Zardari was involved in sugar price scam, his ministers are involved in the wheat flour price scam. He said the federal government is giving a subsidy to Sindh in wheat procurement.
He said most of the flour mills in Sindh are owned by their assembly members and they are directly involved in this artificial crisis.