Sugar, wheat crisis: Imran must resign, come to court, said Shahbaz
LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: National Assembly leader and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif said that Imran Khan had to submit his resignation over the sugar and wheat crisis and come to court if he wanted to set an example. He stressed the urgent need to address the threat of coronavirus at the wheat procurement center after the wheat harvest. In a statement on Wednesday, Shahbaz while speaking with agricultural experts about the problems faced by the farming community in these circumstances suggested that farmers’ agricultural loans with up to 12 hectares of land owed to the government should be delayed by one year. The former chief minister said around this time large-scale and important exercises in the form of procurement of wheat were carried out every year in Punjab. With Punjab leading the burden of corona disease in the country, he argues, the risk of its spread is significant. “Long queues and meetings for the ‘Bardana’ gathering at the wheat procurement center could be a potential hotspot,” he said. Therefore, he suggested that it is important for the government to review the traditional wheat procurement system from farmers, develop new SOPs and communicate them clearly. He also supported the death of Dr. Abdul Qadir Soomro, who served on the front lines and embraced shaheed while caring for Covid-19 patients.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said Prime Minister Imran Khan had given a brilliant example of self-accountability by making a public inquiry report on the wheat and sugar crisis.
In a series of tweets, he pointed out that the report was a manifestation protecting the interests of the people and not individuals was the prime minister’s top priority.
Dr Firdous said Prime Minister Imran Khan had proved through his actions that nothing was above the law and clarified that neither Imran Khan nor his family members had a sugar factory.
He stressed that the opposition must praise the prime minister’s actions instead of giving him political color. He also regretted that the opposition had held hostage institutions such as the Pakistan Competition Commission and they used to appoint such people there who could protect their interests.
Dr Firdous believes that in previous aid it was given to certain groups, not people, but this was not tolerated in Naya Pakistan.