PM orders strict action against sugar hoarders, profiteers

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday ordered strict action against those involved in profiteering and hoarding of sugar across the country.

Chairing a meeting on prices and availability of sugar, the prime minister stressed taking indiscriminate action against the culprits so as to ensure the availability of essential commodities at affordable rates.

Imran Khan maintained that profiteers and hoarders were enemies of the poor and did not deserve any concession.

The meeting was attended by federal ministers Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Muhammad Hammad Azhar, and Asad Umar, advisers to PM Abdul Razak Dawood and Dr Ishrat Hussain, and SAPM Dr Waqar Masood.

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The Punjab chief secretary, via video link, gave a detailed briefing on sugar production, crushing and available stock in Punjab. The PM was informed that in order to ensure ample availability of sugar stock at controlled prices, video-link meetings among all divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners were being held on a daily basis.

It was updated that action had been taken against those involved in under-weighing of commodities; 79 persons have been arrested while 190 First Information Reports (FIR) have been registered so far.

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