April 22, 2014
All Pakistan Flour Mills Association (APFMA), Sindh, has announced to shut down flour mills in Karachi on Tuesday over harassment by provincial food and excise department officials. Addressing a press conference at his office on Monday, Chairman APFMA Sindh Haji Mohammad Yousuf said that food department was not allowing bringing wheat in Karachi from interior Sindh and Punjab.
Food department and excise department officials have received a huge amount in terms of bribe from wheat trucks coming to Karachi which was causing a burden on flour mills, he said, adding that current situation had agitated wheat brokers and sellers who had halted supply of wheat in the city. He said that majority of flour mills were shut down due to the current situation, while the remaining would also face the same fate if the current situation persists.
Yousuf said that similar situation of harassment by food and excise department was faced by wheat sellers during wheat supply from Punjab to Sindh. They had also halted wheat supply due to this situation, he said. He said that a delegation of APFMA would meet Food Minister Jam Mehtab Hussein Dahar on Tuesday in order to resolve the matter. He hoped that the strike call would enable them to provide flour on cheap price to Karachities.
Courtesy Pakistan Press International