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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Punjab CM lashes out at PM Shehbaz over wheat shortage

Making hard-hitting statements, Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi accused Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif of stopping the supply of wheat to Punjab.

Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has lashed out at Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif over the shortage of wheat in Punjab.

Making hard-hitting statements, Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi accused Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif of stopping the supply of wheat to Punjab. He also revealed that the Punjab government was not even allowed to purchase wheat with its own money.

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“Shahbaz Sharif stopped the wheat of Punjab, I will arrange for you. They gave wheat to Sindh, they are not even allowing us to buy wheat with our own money,” Chaudhry Parvez Elahi said.

Not holding back, the Punjab Chief Minister said that the PML-N people tell a lot of lies. He said that he remained with them for 15 years and had seen them very closely. Parvez Elahi also praised Imran Khan as a leader.

“The Sharif family comes and plays drama. I have lived with them for 15 years and have seen their faces closely. The whole lot of them have taken an oath not to tell the truth. I requested Allah to send someone who would deal with them, so Imran Khan was found,” Parvez Elahi said.

After the devastating floods, Punjab is on the brink of facing an intense wheat emergency as shortages are being reported in the province. As a result, Parvez Elahi wrote a letter to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, asking him to intervene.

In the letter to the prime minister, CM Elahi urged him to intervene for the approval of one million tonnes [MT] of wheat for Punjab as the “province’s 2.85MT wheat stocks are anticipated to deplete” by the end of February 2023.

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In his letter, Mr Elahi stated that Punjab had procured 4.448MT wheat in this season and along with a carry forward stock of 0.780MT accumulated to a total wheat stock of 5.156MT that was available to cater to the needs of the people of Punjab for the entire period.