Govt decision to import wheat, sugar challenged in LHC

LAHORE:     A miscellaneous petition has been filed in Lahore High Court (LHC) against import of wheat and sugar by the government.

The petitioner while making federal, provincial governments and others respondents has said federal government is importing sugar and wheat which has led to cause shortage. Owing to shortage of wheat and sugar, their prices witnessed a robust increase. If import of sugar and wheat is not stopped their prices are likely to go up further.

The petitioner has taken the plea government first of all exports wheat and sugar and then import of these products is started when their shortfall is created.

The petitioner has prayed the court to impose ban on import of sugar and wheat besides seeking explanation from the concerned persons.

Earlier the decision by Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) for importing wheat was also challenged in Lahore High Court.

It was said in the petition filed by Nasir Javed Ghumman, president Kissan Bachao Tehreek-e-Pakistan that government took this decision to afford financial benefit to certain elements which would cause loss to the farming community.

It is pertinent to mention here ECC had accorded approval to import 300000 tones wheat which would start reaching Pakistan till March 31
Sindh wheat will arrive in Market till March 15 while the wheat being imported will reach Pakistan later. Therefore, the wheat rates are likely to remain low in the market.

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