Published On: Tue, Feb 28th, 2023
Published in Category: Islamabad

Strict action would be taken against hoarders & those who charge excessive rates of the basic commodities: PM Shehbaz

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said strict action would be taken against hoarders and those who charge excessive rates of the basic commodities.

He was chairing an important meeting regarding ensuring the availability of basic food items and stability in their prices during the Holy month of Ramadan in Islamabad on Monday.

The Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities that cleaning operation in markets should be initiated before Ramadan.

The Prime Minister said on the occasion that action will also be taken against the concerned officers if they failed to provide the items of daily use in their areas.

Shehbaz Sharif said supply of quality items should be ensured at utility stores across the country.

He also ordered to set up “Sastay Ramadan Bazaars” across the country. The Prime Minister said modern technology should be used to control the prices in Ramadan Bazaars.

The Prime Minister was briefed that there is no shortage of food items including wheat anywhere in the country.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has directed the concerned authorities that delivery of remaining consignment of cold resistant tents to Türkiye should be completed before 23rd March.

He was chairing a review meeting on the ongoing relief operations by Pakistan for the earthquake victims of Türkiye and Syria.

The Prime Minister asked the authorities to send these items by air to the affected people. He said that new tents should be manufactured at minimum rates without compromising on the quality. He also said that third party verification should be ensured to check the quality of tents.

In this regard, Shehbaz Sharif directed the Custom officials to make special arrangements at airports for immediate delivery of relief goods.

Shehbaz Sharif recommended that fund raising for earthquake victims in Türkiye and Syria should be accelerated in educational institutions.

The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar, Ahsan Iqbal, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi, Chairman NDMA Lt. Gen. Inam Haider Malik and ambassadors of Pakistan in Syria and Turkey and other relevant officials.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the government is striving hard to promote tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan.

He was talking to his Advisor on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira and Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah, who called on him in Islamabad on Monday.

The Prime Minister assured to solve all the unresolved issues of Gilgit-Baltistan at the earliest. He expressed the resolve to work in unison for the welfare of the people of the area.

During the meeting, views were exchanged on administrative issues and development projects in Gilgit-Baltistan.