The report from the Sugar Forensic Commission has become the talk of the town these where on one side the supporters of PTI are praising their government for exposing the culprits as the first ever instance in the history of Pakistan while on the other side the opposition rejected the report as being “misleading” and biased. Calling it a historical move the supporters claimed that it had never happened in the whole history that the government took such action against its own allies. The names included Jahangir Tareen, Monis Elahi, Sharif group, Omni group and Khusro Bakhtiyar’s brother Umar Shehryar as the main perpetrators.
Jahangir Tareen and Monis Elahi categorically rejected the forensic report and clarified that they had not been involved in the scam at all. Tareen twitted that he was shocked to see the allegations that had been leveled against him and there was nothing truthful about him in the report. He further added that being an honest businessman he paid his tax diligently and never maintained two sets of accounting books. He further announced to go against the report and answer every allegation so as to prove himself innocent and acquitted in the whole matter.
“The report was fabricated to save Imran, Buzdar and Hafeez Sheikh”, Shehbaz Sharif
PTI’’s major ally in Punjab, PML-Q’s leader and MNA Monis Elahi also turned down any corruption allegation in sugar scam and clarified that he had not been involved in any such activity. He further added that he had never been a part of management of sugar mill and had nothing to do with its operational or financial affairs. He termed the report an attempt to malign the political respect that he and his forefathers had secured by serving the people so far.
On the other side the opposition parties rejected the forensic report and termed it a conspiracy to hide the real culprits behind the wall. PPP and PML-N expressed their extreme concerns over the impartiality and credibility of the report and declared that the report was prepared to divert the attention of people from the “giants of corruption” who were the real beneficiaries in the venture. They further said that the non-inclusion of names of PM Imran Khan, Usman Buzdar and Abdul Hafeez Sheikh proved that there was something fishy as it were these people who allowed sugar export in time when the country was undergoing serious shortage issues.
Taking the opportunity, Shehbaz Sharif alleged that the report was fabricated to save the faces of PM Imran Khan, Federal cabinet, CM Usman Buzdar and the provincial cabinet. He further said that subsidy was not as big crime as the decision of allowing sugar export in the time of shortage while going against the written recommendations of the sugar advisory boards. “Although the PM authorized his finance advisor to chair the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on his behalf, the decision was the sole responsibility of the Prime Minister as being the head of ECC. So he should have owned it ethically and appeared before the commission as the “Prime suspect” in this case”, Shehbaz slammed.
The former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi demanded the institutions to immediately arrest Imran Khan, Usman Buzdar and Abdul Hafeez Sheikh for making such decisions that led to sugar crisis in the country.
PPP official spokesperson Mutraza Wahab bashed the PTI led government for setting up new trend of wrapping up its lies and incompetence using inquiry commissions and investigation boards. He further added that the commission was given the mandate to investigate affairs of two years 2019 and 2020 however it went beyond its authorized mandate and probed the affairs of 2017 and 2018 that had never been asked. “The Sindh government last gave subsidies in year 2017 and since we were not on the scene in 2019-20, the government left no stone un-turned to implicate its political opponents while messing up the real issue”, Murtaza claimed.
“The culprits should be penalized and punished to bring the story to happy ending”, Pakistan Awami Tehreek
Various segments expressed their concern at the sugar forensic report and claimed that the report exposed the flaws in the system and how it was manipulated by the influential.
The central information secretary of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) said that although it was a good move to make public the sugar forensic report however the government should recover the said amount from the offenders and punish them so that nobody could even think of committing such crime again.