LONDON -- Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Monday demanded the formation of a parliamentary committee to investigate the acute shortage of wheat flour and its ramifications. Shehbaz Sharif held Prime Minister Imran Khan and his cabinet responsible for flour scandal of billions of rupees. He said that instead of passing over 24 hours, PM Imran Khan could not present any strategy. Shehbaz Sharif said that we reject increase in prices of wheat, flour and now sugar. He also rejected inflation in the prices of flour and sugar.
In a statement issued on social media, Shehbaz Sharif has directed the PML-N's parliamentary leadership to consult the opposition and formulate a joint strategy to get rid of the incumbent government's incompetence, corruption and destructive agendas.
Shehbaz Sharif while calling for an urgent inquiry into the flour crisis said that the nation should be apprised about on whose orders the wheat and flour was exported. 'The nation must know who benefited from the crisis,' he said. The PML-N president asked where the wheat reserves had gone in 16 months.
He feared that if this was the case, the situation after three months would be scary. 'The rulers termed 2020 as the year of progress, while economic experts are declaring it a year of economic ruin,' he added.
He further said that 48,000 metric tons of wheat was exported between July 25 and October 2019, despite the ban by the federal government. 'Food Security claims that not a single kernel has gone out of the country after July...