Planning Minister Asad Umar to appear before the inquiry commission over sugar crisis

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

12th May, 2020. 10:43 am
Planning Minister

Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar will appear before the inquiry commission formed to probe Pakistan s sugar crisis today (Tuesday).

The inquiry commission has summoned Planning Minister Asad Umar to appear before the commission today (Tuesday) to record his statement and answer questions pertaining to the export and subsidies on sugar. Asad Umar will inform the inquiry commission about the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in regard to the export and subsidies on sugar.

Earlier Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has responded to former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s allegations, urging the sugar inquiry commission to summon him. He took to twitter on Monday and said the cabinet had made the decisions on the recommendations of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC), therefore he and not Prime Minister Imran Khan was answerable to the inquiry commission. The minister said that the former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had demanded the commission to hold an inquiry against PM Imran and the cabinet regarding the sugar crisis, however, in case any doubts persist in the matter, the commission can summon him [Asad Umar] for further inquiry.

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had said that the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee and federal cabinet led to a spike in prices of sugar across the country earlier this year. He was talking to media outside the Federal Investigation Agency’s headquarters, where he had met wheat and sugar crisis inquiry commission head Wajid Zia to record his statement. During his media talk, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had said that he presented all the ‘facts’ before the commission today.

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