Punjab refuses to give surplus wheat to PTI-led KP

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The Punjab government has refused to give wheat to PTI-governed Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, despite having a million tonnes of wheat in surplus, Pakistan Today has learnt.

The KP government in a letter written to Punjab’s Food Department requested for import of 400,000 tonnes of wheat to meet the shortage. However, the provincial regime in Punjab outright refused to give the favour to the province.

Insiders said Punjab was the major wheat producer in the country, while the crop in KP and Sindh was almost negligible, implying that the country’s largest province was actually the bread basket for the entire country. Sources in the government confided that Punjab had currently 4 million tonnes of wheat in surplus, while officials estimate the annual consumption of around three million tonnes in the most-populated province.

“The situation is pretty normal. We have ample stock for our needs and there is no fear of a shortage this year or the next,” Food Secretary Aslam Kamboh told Pakistan Today.

Even in the Wednesday’s session of the Punjab Assembly, the opposition, mostly consisting of PTI MPAs, pressed upon the government for giving wheat to KP, however, the government showed no signs of budging from its stance.

Senior officials also maintained there was no legal embargo on inter-provincial trade and provinces were free to trade commodities.

The Food Directorate, however, said the Punjab government did not refuse to sell them wheat. “We rather showed them the right path. PASSCO is actually the government agency responsible for procuring wheat from surplus areas and providing it to deficit provinces. We have only asked them to purchase it from PASSCO.”

Food Director Capt (r) Usman said TORs of PASSCO clearly mentioned that it was its job to address wheat shortage.

Adviser to KP CM on Food Qalandar Lodhi said KP wrote a letter to the Punjab government requesting for wheat supply, who asked them [the KPK government] to contact PASSCO.

“Now the first tranche of the supply of 100,000 tonnes of wheat from PASSCO is on its way,” Lodhi said. However, he said the KPK government requested Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to waive off Rs 1.5 billion incidental charges on wheat, but the PM “regretted”.

“The PM, however, gave 150,000 tonnes of wheat in grant to the world bank’s food programme at a time when our province was in a crisis situation. The PM is the PM of all provinces, whichever party is ruling. We have decided to once again request the PM to make it a grant to ease the situation of people in the KP,” he added.

Food Secretary Aslam Kamboh, however, said the Punjab government had to cater to a huge population besides 900 flour mills across the province, and a shortage would result in unemployment and unrest.

 

29 COMMENTS

    • Lagta Hay HEadline siraf Parhi Hay Read it in detail you will knew , if KPK GOVT asking free Wheat to Punjab Govt then They Should Give free Bijli aur sui Gas also.

    • I am from Punjab but as a Pakistani will support KPK if it stops Electricity of Punjab after this shamless act by Punjab.

  1. That's why we call them Punjabi's,small heart,mind and greedy,who steal other province resources by hook or by crook but can't share a plate on dinner. Paktoon hospitality, bravery and faithfulness is known,which makes them different from Punjabi's.Their lion is kissing Indian ass,while India is building dams,so its no going to be green basket anymore with drought and floods in Indian control..

    • I am a Pujabi Rajput from Rawalpindi and I think Punjab Govt is either non-muslim or out of their mind for doing this. Please also remember PMLN had support in KPK and Baluchistan too so you cant really blame Punjabis but infact this racist party PMLN.

    • if a climate changed and flood occurs then all wheat will destroy what will do pan jab .. fear of ALLAH. shame on you bloody blood sucker , you want to in PKK and Baluchistan and take all minerals an gas and want use their land produce electricity for yourself shame on you…really there is doubt that you are a believer of God .Muslim is far …..or not .even sikhs and Hindoos help each other .shame on you ..Meetha Meetha harap and karma thoo thoo sharam karo doob maro

  2. I am a PTI worker but I am fed up from Sind and KP. Though I am IK and PTI supporter but really from my heart I also don,t want to live with KP and Sind. I want my own Punjab as a country. Why you guys always threat to become separated. At the end end user (common man) has to buy with money from where it comes does not matter for him

    • u do not seems to be a pti supporter bcz u got narrow and dirty mind and heart in ur chest. u look sound like pmln supporter who is hypocrite, selfish and coward who runs after pathan to save ur ass when india spank ur jack ass. shame on ur dirty mentality and do not call urself a Pakistani rather u r piece of crap. u lil freak Punjabi.

    • They are Indians, they are so big losers that they don't even show their real name. Ihsan Ullah,Khyal,Ayodhya bania and ishfaq are some Indiot Insects. And insects are insignificant.

    • Brother please write correct English. I don't think any body understood what your point of view is. What I under stood from your comments is that you want Punjab as a separate country. That sounds a bit stupid, a land locked Punjab will be like Afghanistan with no sea port of its own. How will you export your surplus wheat ?
      through India.
      Brother you've mentioned that you are a Pakistani, I really doubt that you are. You could be another Indian in the guise of a Pakistani.

    • this is not islamic brotherhood,this is porki brotherhood…they are a nation of leg pullers and are a menace on this earth…they have spread the trash all over the world.

    • You Dingians wait for the day when the Lower Cast Hindus take over Dingia. The world does not have much knowledge of your cast system. A day will come soon
      when you will have no place to hide. The West is giving you business today but will ruin you tomorrow. We have almost passed through this turmoil, now will be your turn. By the way what is India without the support of the West

    • Lagta Hay HEadline siraf Parhi Hay Read it in detail you will knew , if KPK GOVT asking free Wheat to Punjab Govt then They Should Give free Bijli aur sui Gas also.

  3. guys there are Endians on this page and they are making you fight each other, it's not punjabies fault it's pmln's fault, and everything has solution, don't worry PTI gov will come up with something.

  4. "The Food Directorate, however, said the Punjab government did not refuse to sell them wheat. “We rather showed them the right path. PASSCO is actually the government agency responsible for procuring wheat from surplus areas and providing it to deficit provinces. We have only asked them to purchase it from PASSCO.”
    For all the yellers, PASSCO is responsible for storing and buying wheat from the farmers through bank's commodity operations. If still anybody has idiotic comments to make on this misreported newsitem, he is more than welcome to do so.

  5. It is fact that only PASSCO is responsible to give wheat to other provinces and Punjab government did rite to refuse and showed the right path.I think KPK Govt should have known about rules and regulations.

  6. PMLN GOVT KO MAGHRIB AVR INDIA KI TARAF SE JO ISHARA MILTA HE VAHI KARTA HE AB AGAR KPK GOVT BIJLI DENE SE INKAR KARDE TO IS KA ZIMADAR B PMLN HE.KHUDARA…PMLN JUIF VALO YE PAKISTAN KO TORNE VALI HARKATE CHOR DO IQTIDAR TO ANI JANI HE MULK JAYE ALLAH NA KARE DOBARA HAT NAHI ATA. SIRF KPK ME PTI KO MOQA MILA HE TORA SABER ,TAHAMAL SE KAM LO YE TASOB PAYDA KARNE VALI BAT CHOR DE.ALLAH NA KARE BAD ME NATIJA TIK NA HOGA.ARIF MIRZALIKHEL

  7. If its a news then Govt Should ban "Pakistan Today" for Spreading this kind of misinformation, if its a column then "Pakistan Today" should fire this person who is lying in its headline only to get more comments and reader.

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  9. tHIS STUPID NEWS AND ITS WRITTER IS REALLY EXTREMELY ANTI PAKISTAN. pUNJAB has always behaved as elder brother and is an elder brother we always open our arms to support KPK in any hard time you forgot when in IDP's crisis, its first punjab, in earth quack its always punjab please get unted dont be silly its idiots indians pupits who are writting here stupid narratives nothing to do punjab wrong, we have been elder brother encompass the entire country, embrass the entire provinces and love the whole pakistan. If Wheat have to be taken from PASSCO please follow the right path rather than speaking stupidity its the responsibility of every of us if any indian try to put differences amongst us please through him away and ban him A true pakistani

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