Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders expressed their extreme reservations regarding the Sugar Inquiry Commission (SIC) report and criticized the incumbent government for saving real culprits after PM’s aide on accountability Shahzad Akbar declared the findings of the sugar crisis inquiry public and said that the report “confirms the PM’s long-held view that businessmen in politics will put business first”.
PML-N lawmaker Malik Mohammad Ahmad while addressing the press conference, lashed out at the inquiry commission for diverting attention from the scandal since 2018
He said, “We reject the inquiry report outright,” adding that no one dares to ask on who is creating the scarcity of sugar by allowing exports despite low production in the country. “Can [Usman] Bazdar get to decide the subsidization of sugar without Imran Khan’s permission?” he then asked.
Meanwhile, PML-N leader Uzma Bukhari said the decision implemented by the federal cabinet was the prerogative of the Prime Minister, therefore, the cases of abuse of power and damage to the national treasury should be brought against policymakers and stakeholders.
“If the government accepts that the smuggling has taken place then why haven’t they resigned immediately after receiving the report?” she asked, adding that after government’s subsidies to the mill owners, the price of sugar spiked from Rs 55 to close to Rs100 in the country.
The lawmaker while referring to PML-N’s ruling tenure, noted that despite the subsidies in prices, the former government ensured that the sugar prices do not hike-up while burdening the citizens of the country.
“[If] Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif can appear before the court, why not Imran Khan?” she said.
The leader went on to add that no forensic audit was carried out against Khusro Bakhtiar’s mills, who was the minister on food security at that time, despite Rs40 crore transaction was made in the name of Bakhtiar’s employee.
Expressing concern about the dismissal of Jahangir Tareen and the partisan treatment of the government, Bukhari said that Usman Buzdar, had made decisions under political influence and Tareen was dismissed soon after the end of his work. “We will see the action of the government after Eid, if not, we will knock on the door of the court to obtain justice”, Bukhari proclaimed.
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