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Wheat crisis probe: IHC issues notices to respondents

Wheat crisis probe: IHC issues notices to respondents
March 2, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday issued notices to respondents and directed to submit their response in a petition seeking formation of a judicial commission for probe into the wheat crisis. IHC’s Justice Aamer Farooq heard the petition that has pleaded with the court to constitute an independent judicial commission to probe the matter, and contended that Prominent PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen had played an important role in formation of agricultural policy and food security. Jahangir Tareen has been also made respondent in the petition filed by a citizen Muhammad Tahir. “The matter is critically important, and so constituting a judicial commission is essential,” advocate Tariq Asad representing the case told the court, adding that those who were responsible for the wheat crises should be dealt in accordance with the Law. The court ordered Minister for National Food Security Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to submit their response. The judge told the petitioner to wait for the respondents’ answer till further proceedings in the case. Later, the case was adjourned for two week.
Export of wheat intensifies crisis across Pakistan
Delay of ban on wheat exports became a major factor who intensified the crisis across Pakistan. 92 News traced the reason that why wheat crisis unfolded across Pakistan. Due to crisis, wheat prices across the country have sky rocketed over the past few days. The sources said that delay of ban on the export of wheat is major factor but the smuggling of wheat in Iran and Afghanistan is also cause of wheat crisis all over the country. In this whole situation, profiteers and hoarders started exploiting the situation and allegedly plunged into secret stock piling of wheat to increase prices. The wheat crisis started from Sindh and spread all over the country. The wheat was exported at the price of Rs30 per KG but now it has to import in the price of Rs60 per Kg. Meanwhile, the 40 billion rupees expenses have to bear on the monthly basis.