Shujaat calls for probe into sugar crisis

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has criticised the functioning of the government, questioned its competence, and called for requisitioning a session of the National Assembly and setting up a parliamentary committee to probe into the sugar scam, rental projects and flour crisis.

Addressing a press conference at the PML House, Chaudhry Shujaat rejected the political package for Northern Areas and said it had been announced without consulting his party which was in majority in the region’s assembly.

PML-Q secretary-general Mushahid Hussain, who accompanied Chaudhry Shujaat, alleged that the appointment of a political governor for the Gilgit-Baltistan region exposed the PPP-led government’s intentions to manipulate the forthcoming elections and to control the local bodies.

Commenting on the ultimatum given by the PML-N to the government, Chaudhry Shujaat said: ‘Usi tankhwah par kaam karain gey,’ meaning that the party of Mian Nawaz Sharif would continue to follow the policy it had been pursuing so far even if the government did not change its attitude.

He reiterated that he would not apologise for the previous government’s actions in Balochistan or the Lal Masjid, adding that those who were offering apologies ‘must have had a hand in these misdeeds’.

Chaudhry Shujaat said that the campaign of mud-slinging started by various intelligence agency officials against politicians would damage politicians’ credibility.

Commenting on the sugar crisis, he said that hoarders were being protected because powerful people, including top politicians, owned sugar mills.

He regretted that the ex-mill rate of sugar, which was being produced at Rs28 per kilogramme, had been fixed at Rs45 per kg.

Referring to the shortage of flour, he said that it was shameful that the government was forcing poor women and children to stand in long queues in Lahore, Karachi and Dadu.

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