–PM says initial reports made public without ‘tampering’
–Firdous says PM fulfilled on promise by making reports on sugar and wheat crises public
ISLAMABAD: A day after the Federal Investigation Report (FIA) released its inquiry reports pertaining to the recent wheat and sugar crises, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that he was waiting for the detailed forensic reports, slated to come out on April 25, before taking any action against those responsible.
In a Twitter thread, he said, “I await the detailed forensic reports now by the high-powered commission, which will come out on 25 April, before taking action. God willing, after these reports come out no powerful lobby will be able to profiteer at the expense of our public.”
“After these reports come out no powerful lobby will be able to profiteer at the expense of our public,” he said, adding that the initial reports into sudden price hikes of sugar and wheat have been released immediately without and “alteration or tampering”.
“This is unprecedented in Pakistan’s history. Previous political leaderships because of their vested interests and compromises lacked the moral courage to order and release such reports,” the prime minister added.
On Saturday, the inquiry report on sugar crisis had named senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s (PML-Q) Moonis Elahi and the relatives of Minister for National Food Security Khusro Bakhtiar as the beneficiaries of the price hike.
According to Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar, Imran had ordered “stern action” against those found involved in the crises “irrespective of their status and party affiliation”.
A local media house claimed that the prime minister and members of the inquiry commission had been ‘threatened’ with “dire consequences” if the reports were made public.
Addressing a press conference, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the prime minister had finally fulfilled the promise that he had made to the people after the crisis had emerged.
“When the prime minister saw that there was a fake shortage being created in the supply line for sugar and wheat, he vowed to initiate an inquiry,” she said, adding that it was, however, important for the people to realise that the same reports have also “exposed the nefarious designs of the Sharif clan”.
“Imran has begun the accountability process of his own party. But the reports also highlighted the fact that Suleman Shehbaz Sharif was given subsidies worth Rs1.4 billion during the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government’s tenure,” she said, adding that this was highlighted in the FIA reports.
“Why does that name not come out of Shehbaz Sharif’s mouth? Will he be calling his son back and handing him over to the law,” she asked, responding to the PML-N president’s criticism.
She urged the opposition leader to follow in the premier’s footsteps and take action against those family members who have benefited from the artificial wheat and sugar crises. She added that the government was waiting for the forensic audit of the report before taking action against those responsible for burdening the common man.
“The decision has been made to hold all those responsible whether they are bureaucrats or advisers. The prime minister has a zero-tolerance policy in this regard,” she said.