PTI govt not to compromise on country’s economic interests: Shahbaz Gill

APP News Agency

08th Nov, 2021. 11:16 am

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill. Image: File

LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government will never compromise on the national and economic interests of the country, an official said.

Addressing a press conference, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill said that the entire world was facing an inflation problem, and especially the middle class was bearing the brunt of it across the globe.

He said six million tonnes of sugar was the annual need of the country, adding that the country’s sugar production was less than its domestic requirement last year.

With the grace of Allah Almighty, this year the country would have a bumper sugarcane crop and around 7 to 7.2 million tonnes of sugar would be produced.

Gill said that the mills in Sindh start sugarcane crushing in October, adding that in view of a bumper crop, the mills should start working early to complete the sugarcane crushing till February-March 2022.

Three sugar mills had started their operations in Sindh, but later on those were closed under some conspiracy to create a sugar crisis in the country, he said, adding that the sugar mills in Sindh would start sugar crushing from November 10.

Gill, while criticising the Sindh government, said that the sugar crisis has been created just for political point scoring and harming the interest of the country and people of Sindh.

After the passage of the 18th Amendment, the management of commodities was a provincial subject, but the matter was being politicised to pressurise the federal government, he said.

The people were well-aware of the situation and they could not be hoodwinked by exploiters.

The PTI government had revived the Competition Commission of Pakistan and imposed fine of more than Rs40 billion on the sugar mafia purely on merit, he added.’

The mafia got stay from the courts and hid themselves behind it, he said, adding that in these circumstances, the recoveries could not be made.

The SAPM said the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has also been revived and later, when the tax assessment was made, tax evasions were detected.

The FBR imposed the penalty of Rs500 billion on these tax evaders, but they also got stay orders from courts.

The country has foreign exchange reserves of $20 billion, which were $9 billion when the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) came to power.

Shahbaz Gill said that the government could absorb all sorts of criticism, but it would never compromise on the country’s economic interests.

He regretted the previous government had committed economic treason with the country.

To a question, he said through the Ehsaas ration card initiative, those affected by the price hike would get relief.

The PTI government did not believe in the use of power against protestors, adding that the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) had already been rejected by the people.