Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Senator Shibli Faraz said that PPP tried to protect the interests of its corrupt leaders by opposing bills related to the national interest in Parliament.
In a press conference with Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Fakhar Imam, while replying to a question on the deteriorating situation in Karachi after the rains, Shibli Faraz said that the PPP has been ruling Sindh for the last 10 years while it has always relied on the federation to hide its incompetence.
He said that the situation in urban areas is before us but people in rural areas of Sindh are starving and hospitals are missing.
He said that everyone except PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah knew about the situation in Karachi and we did nothing but Allah showed their performance.
On the other hand, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Fakhar Imam blamed hoarders for the recent flour crisis.
He said that the sugar and flour crisis started a few months ago.
He said that the starting price of the wheat was Rs. 1360 per quintal and in February the price was increased to Rs. 1400 per quintal.
Fakhr Imam said that during this period, the price of wheat in the international market gradually increased due to which there was an extraordinary difference in the price in the local market and the world market.
He said that the stockists took advantage of the difference between the minimum support price and the international price by the government and wheat started selling at Rs. 1800 to 1900 per quintal in all the major cities of the country.
“Last year, 7.2 million tonnes of rice was produced and ڈھ 2.5 billion worth of rice products were exported, so we need to invest in the rice industry,” he said.
Fakhr Imam said the government has decided to import wheat to ensure the supply of flour, while the prices of imported wheat will stabilize in September.
He said that a comprehensive plan for the wheat was being worked out and the Punjab government had released it on government wheat subsidy to stabilize the prices.
Fakhar Imam vowed that hoarding would not be tolerated for rising prices and profiteering.
It may be recalled that due to the crisis of flour and sugar in the country, their prices have gone up dramatically and flour is not available anywhere in different provinces and its price is beyond the purchasing power of the people.
In view of the crisis, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) had allowed the import of 300,000 tonnes of wheat without regulatory duty.
It should be noted that in February this year, Prime Minister Imran Khan had claimed responsibility for the recent sugar and flour crisis.
“I acknowledge the government’s shortcomings in the recent sugar and flour crisis and take stern action against those responsible for creating the crisis,” he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that “an investigation is underway and no one will be able to escape.”