Imran Khan addressed the UN General Assembly in New York. File
Tariq Butt, Correspondent
Reacting to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) report on the sugar and wheat scandal, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday removed several concerned ministers, advisers and bureaucrats.
In Punjab, Food Minister Samiullah resigned. Commissioner Dera Ghazi Khan Nasim was absent because he was the provincial food secretary when a shortage of sugar and wheat occurred last year.
Khusro Bakhtiar, who is a major sugar factory owner and receives a large export subsidy, was removed as federal food minister and appointed minister for the division of economic affairs.
Jahangir Tareen, who is the head of the agriculture task force, was also transferred. However, Tareen said he was never told as the head of the task force.
Kashmir Parliamentary Committee Syed Fakhar Faith was appointed federal food minister. The prime minister also dismissed his confidant, Arbab Shahzad, as a founding adviser.
Industry advisor and chairman of the sugar advisory board Razzak Dawood were also dismissed.
Hammad Azhar, who served as state minister for the division of economic affairs, was appointed minister for industry.
Azam Sawati, who is a minister of parliamentary affairs, was appointed minister for Narcotics Control. Babar Awan was appointed as an advisor for parliamentary affairs.
Khalid Maqbool Siddique’s resignation as federal minister was accepted and in his place a candidate for his party, the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement (MQM-P), Aminul Haq was appointed in the cabinet.
Meanwhile, Tareen told reporters that the FIA’s findings were “political reports,” which had been prepared by order of Azam Khan, prime secretary of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
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