Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the decision taken by the Economic Coordination Committee and the federal cabinet caused an increase in sugar prices across the country earlier this year.
The PML-N leader was talking to the media outside the headquarters of the Federal Investigation Agency, where he met the head of the wheat and sugar crisis investigation commission Wajid Zia to record his statement.
In a media address, Abbasi said that he presented all the “facts” before today’s commission.
He said that the prime minister should ask his cabinet about an increase in the level of sugar, adding that a green signal for sugar exports was given even though there were no surplus products in the country.
Abbasi said that for sixteen months the export of sugar continued but the government did not pay attention.
He said that there should be an import tax so that it was impossible to import sugar.
“This situation proves that the prime minister is corrupt,” said senior PML-N leader.
When talking about PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and the recent Cholistan Development Authority case, he said that the head of the NAB could not see sugar, drugs and other crises.
“This is a situation where they hold opposition leaders in prison but cannot make a case,” he said.
Abbasi said that during the PML-N term, the government provided subsidies of more than Rs20 billion for sugar, which is why prices did not rise even a penny.
Abbasi said that the commission must summon Prime Minister Imran Khan and the head of the ECC if it wants to reach the bottom of a rise in the sugar crisis.
“The head of the ECC is a corrupt and incompetent person,” he said. “If the prime minister makes a decision then he is responsible too.”
A report by the FIA, released on April 4, claimed that prominent members of Tehreek-e-Insaaf Pakistan were among those who benefited from the country’s recent sugar crisis.
A crisis investigation was ordered by Prime Minister Imran Khan in February.
Among those named in the FIA report were Jahangir Tareen and brother of the Minister of National Food Security Khusro Bakhtiar.
Tareen was said by the report to have benefited the most from the sugar crisis followed by Bakhtiar’s brothers.
The report also claimed that companies owned by Moonis Elahi – an ally of the party – also benefited from the sugar crisis. Elahi is the son of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and a key member of PML-Q.
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