Prime Minister Imran Khan has returned Shehryar Afridi as State Minister for Narcotics Control, only two days after withdrawing the same portfolio.
According to the notice issued by the cabinet division on Friday, it was stated that Afridi would now continue the task of the State Minister for Narcotics Control.
On April 8, Prime Minister Imran had taken back his portfolio from Afridi after the wheat and sugar crisis report, which disappointed several ministers serving and senior PTI leaders.
After the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) sugar crisis report, the PM has reshaped a large cabinet. Food Security Minister Khusro Bakhtiar has also resigned from his post but was appointed as minister for economic affairs, replacing Hammad Azhar.
Meanwhile, Hammad Azhar was given an industry portfolio and Azam Swati was given responsibility as the minister of narcotics control. Babar Awan was appointed as an advisor for parliamentary affairs, replacing Swati.
Earlier, a report by the FIA had claimed that senior PTI members were among those who benefited from the recent sugar crisis in the country.
Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered a crisis investigation in February.
The FIA report mentions PTI senior leader Jahangir Tareen and brother of the Minister of National Food Security Khusro Bakhtiar.
As said in the report, Tareen has gotten the most out of the recent sugar crisis followed by Bakhtiar’s brother.
The report also claimed that companies owned by close allies of PTI Moonis Elahi – son of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and key members of PML-Q, also benefited from the sugar crisis.
However, it was not mentioned in the report that under his influence the Punjab government issued large subsidies for sugar mills or why the Economic Coordination Board (ECC) approved the sugar export decision.
In his response to the FIA document, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiative Asad Umar said he had confidence that whatever the situation, PM Khan “would guarantee justice”.
Tareen, when reacting to the report said that from the current Rs3bn subsidy for the sugar factory, Rs2.5bn was given in the PML-N government.
Some things that need to be considered in the sugar demand report
1. My company exports 12.28% while my market share is 20% so it’s less than I can
2. The first export came
The first service base
3. Out of a total of Rs 3 billion in subsidies, Rs 2.5 billion came when N came to power and I was in opposition 😊 pic.twitter.com/T25Cu2FT60
– Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) April 4 2020
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