ISLAMABAD: Federal Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Zaidi said a commission formed to investigate the flour crisis will expose and take strict measures against the mafia involved in creating the threat across the country, ARY News reported Monday.
Ali Zaidi, while talking with the ARY News “Power Play” program, said Prime Minister Imran Khan decided to conduct a thorough investigation into the flour crisis and that the mafia will be exposed soon. The minister said he knew very well about the acquisition of wheat and sugar data from some people. Wheat may be smuggled into Afghanistan, which should stop, he added.
He said the first rule of government is responsibility and punishment. Zaidi said that federal cabinet members have made decisions after consulting and that good recommendations were always appreciated.
When asked about Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl’s statement (JUI-F), Zaidi raised the question of who had guaranteed Maulana Fazlur Rehman regarding the current government.
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He added that the sittings organized by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Maulana Fazlur Rehman have no similarities since PTI filed protests in the federal capital to demand the investigation of the manipulation of votes in four constituencies, but not overthrow the previous government . Zaidi said that the JUI-F launched its campaign to overthrow the current government.
The minister said he will raise the same question before Prime Minister Imran Khan at the next cabinet meeting regarding the guarantor of Maulana Fazl. He hit the leaders of the JUI-F, saying they were enraged in facing electoral defeat for the first time.
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Commenting on the cases against the former finance minister, Zaidi said the World Bank had already admitted in 1999 that Ishaq Dar was involved in setting economic statistics. The minister added that the Pakistan Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) had artificially maintained the value of the rupee and brought no increase in exports.
Responding to a question, Zaidi said he thought taxes would have been received from the financial advisor and the governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) if they are receiving wages.