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Imran Khan Directed Federal Agencies to Start Crackdown Against Sugar Mafia



PM Imran Khan has directed FBR, NAB, SECP, and FIA to investigate based on the Sugar Commission report, and on the directive of PM, letters have been written by Barrister Shahzad Akbar and sent to the Governor SBP, Competition Commission and three provinces, and the Sugar Commission report have also been sent along with the letters.

The government ordered the FBR to audit all sugar mills across the country. The FBR has also been asked to investigate the anonymous transactions of sugar mills while the federal government has been directed to submit an implementation report within 90 days.

A letter was also issued in this regard in which it was said that if the rulers themselves are not involved, corrupt elements cannot flourish in the society. The government thwarted the blackmail attempt by the sugar mafia, delaying tactics were adopted by the sugar mill owners, the mill owners had challenged in the courts after the Sugar Commission report came out, the matter was delayed because it was pending in the courts.

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The letter said that the federal government has also written letters to the chief secretaries of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh as according to the federal government, the matter of various sugar mills falls under the purview of the provincial anti-corruption department. Therefore, given the report of the Sugar Commission, the provincial governments should investigate the various sugar mills. The provincial governments have also been asked to investigate the interest-bearing loans given to sugarcane farmers by the sugar mills.

The Federal Government has sought clarification from the Competition Commission on the delay in taking action against the sugar mafia. It was asked in the letter to the Competition Commission to determine the reasons why no action was taken against the Sugar Cartel. The Competition Commission was also directed to investigate the hoarding by Sugar Cartel and non-supply of sugar at utility stores.

The government has asked the SBP to submit a comprehensive report on all sugar mills and directed the FIA ​​and SECP to investigate corporate fraud. The SECP has been directed to determine the culprits and implement them under the law and also to take legal action against the sugar mills which were buying sugarcane from farmers at low prices.

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The federal government has asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to look into the financial affairs of sugar mills and owners in the wake of the cabinet decision. The NAB has been asked to determine the culprits in the light of the findings of the Sugar Commission, while the SBP has been asked to investigate the misuse of sugar reserves and suspicious exports.

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Nexus of Terrorist Organizations in Afghanistan – Security High Alert in Pakistan



Officials from India’s intelligence agency RAW and Afghanistan’s intelligence agency NDS have held meetings with the TTP and other banned organizations. In which, a conspiracy has been hatched to reorganize the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Pakistan.

The meetings of Indian and Afghan Intelligence agencies with Taliban organizations have significant importance because Ikramullah Turabi, who was involved in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, has been seen active in the meeting after a long time.

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The Indian intelligence agency RAW and the NDS have established a nexus of banned organizations in Afghanistan. A meeting of banned organizations has been held in Paktia and Kantar, in which, an alliance has been formed between Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Hizb-ul-Ahrar and banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan under the auspices of RAW and NDS.

The news agency has revealed that Ikramullah Turabi’s reactivation and the presence of Indian intelligence agency RAW and Afghanistan’s intelligence agency NDS in the meeting of Taliban organizations is an indication that besides sabotaging the atmosphere of peace in Pakistan, it can also affect the Afghan peace process.

The meeting of Hizb-ul-Ahrar, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, and TTP, led by RAW and NDS, aims to plan a renewed attack on Pakistan’s security forces and destroy the atmosphere of peace established after huge sacrifices.

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It may be recalled that Ikramullah Turabi was arrested from Afghanistan in December 2013 in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case and was granted bail by the Peshawar High Court. Immediately after being granted bail by the Peshawar High Court, Ikramullah returned to Afghanistan and intensified his terrorist activities.

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Young Female Doctor in Karachi Committed Suicide



A devastating incident happened in Karachi where a female doctor, Maha Ali, has committed suicide. According to the police, she locked herself in the washroom and shot herself. Dr. Maha was brought to Jinnah Hospital in critical condition and kept on a ventilator during the treatment but she died during the treatment.

According to SP Clifton Imran Mirza, Dr. Maha was suffering from depression. Initially, the incident appeared to be a case of a domestic problem. According to police, Dr. Maha was 25 years old and was working at South City Hospital. Dr. Maha returned from the hospital just hours before she attempted suicide.

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According to the police, Dr. Maha tried to commit suicide in the washroom on the first floor of the house and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Dr. Maha’s father had rented the house 15 days ago in Gizri.

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Why the Govt has failed to Control the Rising Price of Sugar in the Country?



According to Ansar Abbasi, while the sugar scandal case was being investigated, the sugar mafia started threatening FIA Director General Wajid Zia over the increase in sugar prices. The sugar mafia demanded that the inquiry be stopped or else a sugar crisis would be created.

In this regard, it was reported on April 5 that the sugar mafia has warned Prime Minister Imran Khan as well as DG FIA and Chairman Inquiry Commission Wajid Zia to stop the investigation into the sugar scandal immediately, otherwise, there will be a severe shortage of sugar in the country, as a result of which the price of sugar can go up to Rs 110 per kg.

According to The News, DG FIA Wajid Zia, who was the head of the commission, was asked from the mafia to stop the investigation, or else the price of sugar would go up to Rs 110. The DG FIA informed the Prime Minister’s Office of the threat he had received.

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Despite threats and pressure, the Commission of Inquiry not only completed its work but also the Prime Minister fulfilled his promise by publicizing the report. However, the government’s efforts to stem the rise in sugar prices have not been successful.

Under the action plan announced by the government to root out the sugar mafia, seven federal and provincial agencies have been tasked to take different types of criminal, regulatory and tax-related measures against those found guilty in the Sugar Commission report.

According to these orders, the politicians whose sugar mills were named in the forensic audit had to be questioned by the NAB and six other state agencies. These agencies include the NAB, FIA, SECP, FBR, Competition Commission, SBP, and provincial anti-corruption departments.

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These state agencies had to send a reference to the NAB for an investigation into the total subsidy of Rs 29 billion given to the sugar industry by the provincial and federal governments in the last five years.

The FBR had to investigate the income tax and sales tax issues related to tax evasion and anonymous transactions and submit an investigation report within 90 days.

The Competition Commission was asked to investigate anti-competitive and cartelization issues in the sugar industry and submit its report within 90 days.

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The SBP was ordered to investigate matters related to the sale of stock, waiver of loans, and repayment of loans and exports.

The FIA ​​and SECP were asked to investigate corporate fraud in sugar mills.

The task of provincial anti-corruption agencies was to prosecute sugar mill owners for violations of provincial laws, including paying farmers less than the decided amount and committing illegal deductions.

Institutions were given 90 days for the report, but the facts are that sugar is being sold at Rs 100 per kg in most parts of the country, while prices have risen to Rs 110 in some areas.

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