Pak Affairs

Wheat issue

Police recover huge cache of smuggled wheat, flour
CHAKWAL: Police have recovered huge cache of wheat and flour that was to be smuggled to NWFP near Bulkasar interchange on motorway Monday. Police intercepted two trucks on Motorway, one truck bearing registration number TLH-984 was loaded with 484 bags of flour. Ahmed Hussain driver of the truck was arrested and a case was registered against him under the food safety law.

CM warns against malpractices in wheat procurement
LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa Monday issued verbal warning to the wheat procurement officials of stringent action if found guilty of any malpractice during the current wheat harvesting season. While directing Punjab Food department to ensure complete transparency in wheat procurement during the current harvesting season, the Chief Minister has expressed his satisfaction over wheat procurement arrangements.

Chief Minister has directed Secretary Food Rao Iftikhar Ahmad and Provincial Director Food to undertake surprise visits to procurement centers to monitor the wheat procurement process. In addition to this, Provincial ministers have also been directed to undertake inspection of procurement centres in their respective districts. Meanwhile, District Co-Ordination Officer, Pakpattan Saeed Iqbal Wahlah has said that corrupt and inefficient officials will be suspended from service and criminals’ proceedings will also be initiated against them. He said that the strict policy line is being adopted to watch the interest of the growers and poor farmers.

Bid to smuggle wheat, flour foiled
Police foiled bid to smuggle wheat to Afghanistan here Monday. According to police sources, an Afghanistan bound truck loaded with wheat was intercepted near police check post near South Waziristan. Police confiscated 245 sacks of wheat and 1890 bags of flour.

Govt takes measures to end wheat crisis: Gondal
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Food and Agriculture Nazar Muhammad
Gondal has said that government is taking solid measures to end wheat or wheat flour crisis in the country. He was addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday. The Minister said operation against wheat hoarders and smugglers has been launched and thousands of sacks of wheat were seized. He warned that strict action will be taken against the wheat hoarders. He also warned flour mills not to keep stocks in addition to their sanctioned stocks.

He categorically stated that there will be no increase in wheat price. He said so far 3.5 million tons wheat have been procured and hoped that the five million tons procurement target will be achieved. He said process of wheat import has been expedited and 2.5 million tons of good quality wheat will be imported soon as approved by the Federal Cabinet. Mr. Nazar Muhammad Gondal said there is no inter-provincial ban on wheat movement however; he said transportation of wheat will be carried out through trains to avoid smuggling of the commodity.-SANA

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