Provincial Industries and Trade Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal chaired a meeting at Civil Secretariat in which matters pertaining to relocating fish market and relevant recommendations came under review. General Secretary Fish Market Lahore Rai Muhammad Akhter apprised him about sewerage and other problems of fish market and requested him to provide a substitute place to relocate the fish market. He remarked that they would themselves undertake its construction work. The Minister while addressing the participants in the meeting disclosed that fish market will soon be relocated out of the city to some appropriate place and added that all possible facilities will be provided in the fish market for to doing business. Aslam Iqbal directed to submit the fish market relocation plan within one week and remarked that the model of Karachi fish market should also be reviewed while formulating the relocation plan. The Minister directed that sewerage and other problems of fish market must be resolved on preferential basis. Aslam Iqbal directed that steps be also undertaken to relocate truck stations out of the city. President LCCI Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Additional Secretary (I&T), Deputy Commissioner Lahore, representatives of fish market and concerned officers attended the meeting.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has expressed strong indignation over artificial increases in the rates of sugar and flour and directed the administration and food department to take action against hoarders and illegal profiteers. He has also directed to improve the supply of sugar and flour along with their availability in open markets at fixed rates. Any delay in the availability of sugar and flour will not be tolerated and permission will not be granted to sell sugar and flour at exorbitant rates, he added. The CM has also directed Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan, in a letter, to review the stocks, supply and rates of sugar and flour by visiting divisional headquarters and weekly reports be submitted to the CM Office.
Senior & Food Minister Punjab Abdul Aleem Khan has ordered the immediate sealing off the flour mills which are buying wheat at low rates from Government and after grinding, selling flour in other provinces at high prices. He said that official wheat quota of such flour mills should be stopped immediately and irrespective of how influential someone is, no concession should be made, as well as, strict disciplinary action taken against the administration of such flour mills. He stated that it was after detailed consultation with the flour mills, that the price of 20 kg bag of flour was fixed at Rs.860, among other important decisions, hence, after these steps, there was no justification left to illegally transfer this low-cost flour to another province or city for illicit profit. Abdul Aleem Khan, during his visit to Bahawalpur and Multan districts, also directed the Food Department officials to adopt a joint strategy along with local administration to take immediate action and identify the violating flour mills. He clarified that the relief of billions of rupees’ subsidy must reach to the common man and any hindrance in this regard will be taken into account and the matter will be dealt with swiftly. Senior & Food Minister Abdul Aleem Khan also said that at present 95% of the areas had a 20 kg bag of flour at Rs. 860 and 10 kg bag at Rs. 430 in abundance and the sale of this flour was obligatory on every shopkeeper as well. He said that there should be stern action against hoarders and they will be dealt with iron fists on illegitimate profiteering. Senior & Food Minister Abdul Aleem Khan instructed the Food Officers to go out in the field themselves and inspect the working of the flour mills on the spot. He declared that Prime Minister Imran Khan had given clear instructions in this regard that there should be no hurdles in providing basic necessities like flour to the common man. He added that, he himself has decided to visit different districts to review the exact situation and that he will also tour Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Sialkot in the next phase. Senior and Food Minister Abdul Aleem Khan was also given a detailed briefing on the situation of wheat and flour by the Divisional Administration and Food Department in Bahawalpur and Multan and was apprised of the current situation.
Meanwhile, talking to the media, Senior and Food Minister Punjab Abdul Aleem Khan said that the supply of 20 kg bags of flour at Rs. 860 was successfully underway in most of the areas. He expressed that he had also appealed to Chief Minister and the Sindh Government that, like Punjab and KPK, they should also start supplying subsidized wheat to flour mills so that a uniform price of flour could be fixed across the country. The artificial shortage is related to price fluctuations, and, as soon as a truck of flour enters Sindh from Rahim Yar Khan, its price increases significantly. He told the media, that instructions had been issued to balance the ex-mill price of sugar along with flour and that they will try to fix the price of sugar by consultating with all involved parties. Abdul Aleem Khan clarified that he had given clear targets during his this visit to Bahawalpur and Multan and, henceforth, strict disciplinary action would be taken on any negligence. Talking to media in Multan, Senior & Food Minister said that the Punjab Government was spending a huge amount of Rs. 5 billion per month on subsidy for low price flour and would not allow mills to be complacent after that. The Food Secretary is also starting consultations for the price of sugar next week, Food Minister told he appealed to the mill owners to reduce the rate of profit from the people. Abdul Aleem Khan said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was disbursing wheat to flour mills on subsidized rated after the instructions by Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said that the supply of wheat to the flour mills at subsidized rates should also be started in Sindh by its Government and mercy on the people there and reduces the burden on Punjab by providing wheat to the flour mills at lower rates which will decrease the rate as well.
Punjab Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Social Welfare Raja Basharat has said that the government is grateful to all the religious leaders for their exemplary role and cooperation in promoting religious harmony. It is hoped that this ideal harmony would be maintained during Muharram-ul-Haram. He was presiding over the Muharram Security Review Meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Law and Order at the Civil Secretariat with the Peace Committees of Gujranwala Division on Thursday. Provincial Ministers Ansar Majeed Khan, Chaudhry Akhlaq Ahmed, Sahibzada Saeed-ul- Hassan, IG Punjab, Additional Chief Secretary Home, Additional IG Special Branch and concerned officers were also present while Gujranwala Division Commissioner, RPO, Deputy Commissioners, DPOs and Ulema participated via video link. Raja Basharat urged the Ulemas to work together to thwart the possible conspiracies of external and internal miscreants and to strictly implement the security plan, gatherings schedules and fixed routes agreed upon by the district administration. He said that special care should be taken of Corona SOPs in Muharram gatherings and processions. He said that control rooms would be set up at provincial and district level for effective implementation of the security plan plus inviting Rangers and banning pillion riding and mobile phones during Ashura is also under consideration. Ulemas from all schools of thought said that they are in constant touch with each other and there is perfect religious harmony in Gujranwala division. They suggested that there should be strict monitoring of unauthentic and provocative religious content on social media, especially immediate action against those who share material against the Companions of the Holy Prophet and Ahl-i-Bayt. They urged strict enforcement of laws to curb cybercrime that could be regarded as the biggest temptation of the era. The law minister assured that there would be a zero-tolerance policy on cybercrime and religious hate content on social media. He said that the Punjab government was taking further steps to curb cybercrime.
Provincial Industries & Trade Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal has said that Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan and added that both are like one body and soul together. He optimistically remarked the shackles of slavery of the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir will break inevitably. He emphasized that the oppression inflicted by the Indian Occupied army cannot mute the voices of valiant Kashmiris. The Minister underscored that the Kashmiri people have out-rightly rejected the inhuman, callous and illegitimate action committed by the Indian government on 5th August. Aslam Iqbal reiterated that 22 crore people of Pakistan strongly condemn the unlawful act of Indian government to revoke the special status of Occupied Kashmir. The Minister in his message with regard to Youm-e-Ishtahsal-e-Kashmir emphatically remarked that the Hitler of present era Modi should come to know loud and clear that the freedom sun of Kashmiris is going to rise soon. He regretted that Modi government has turned Occupied Valley into one of the biggest prisons of the world to accomplish its nefarious agenda. He outlined that the people of Pakistan and Indian held Kashmir are staging protests against unlawful actions of the Indian government. He stressed that PTI government would raise its voice at every global forum regarding continuous struggle of the Kashmiri people for attaining their right to self-determination. He denounced that the extremists designs of Narendra Modi has come to light before the global community. The Minister deplored that the Modi government exceeded all limits of inflicting perpetration on the innocent and unarmed Kashmiris. He highlighted that history would always remember Modi for inflecting cruelties on the humanity and committing genocide of the Muslims. The Minister vowed that the people of Pakistan are standing by their oppressed Kashmiri brothers and sisters in this hour of distress. Aslam Iqbal commended that Prime Minister Imran Khan has impressively fought the case of Kashmiris by becoming their real ambassador and vociferously raised his voice at every global forum.