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Wheat worth Rs330 billion imported in 7 months

ISLAMABAD: Wheat worth Rs 330 billion was imported in seven months – from August 2023 to March 2024 – and 1.3 million tonnes of this commodity was found to be defective – suggest the reported initial findings of the inquiry committee investigating the wheat investigating import scandal.

About 2.8 million tonnes of wheat worth Rs 250 billion was imported during the tenure of the former federal government, while 700,000 or 0.7 million tonnes of wheat worth Rs 80 billion was imported by the current federal government, the report said. initial findings of the research panel have emerged. presented on Sunday.

According to the reports, Pakistan has spent a total of more than Rs 330 billion or $1.1 billion on wheat imports.

PM forms a body to investigate wheat imports

The federal government kept quiet; it neither confirmed nor denied these reported findings on Sunday.

The reported findings showed that the wheat was imported from the six countries.

The first of the total 70 wheat consignments reached Pakistan on September 20 last year and the last consignment arrived here on March 31 this year, it is learned.

It is worth mentioning here that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has formed an inquiry committee, headed by Minister Kamran Ali Afzal, to probe the wheat import scandal.

The panel will submit its final report to the Prime Minister today (Monday).

There were unconfirmed reports that the panel had summoned former interim finance minister Shamshad Akhtar on Sunday.

Previously, reports suggested that former interim Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar and current Home Minister Mohsin Naqvi, in his former official capacity as interim Prime Minister Punjab, had been summoned by the inquiry panel – but the head of the inquiry panel denied these reports Saturday. .

Copyright Businessrecorder, 2024