Peshawar- Chairman Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to take drastic measures for the procurement of wheat aimed to avoid the flour crisis in the province.

In a statement here Saturday, he said that imminent danger of wheat crisis was brewing owing to the negligence of previous government. He said that corrective and timely efforts were required to save the province from this situation.

He said that wheat requirement of the province was approximately 4,00,000 maunds but the erstwhile government procured only 2,50,000 maunds, which was shorter than the needs of province.

He said that Punjab had procured more stock of wheat than its requirements. He resented that if early steps were not taken the people would greatly suffer in near future. He said that the people would run from pillar to post for the flour.

QWP Chief contended that if the previous provincial government had ensured the necessary procurement of the wheat in time, it had not only met the demands of people but also earned valuable worth Rs5 billion.

He said that the province was already bearing the burden of Afghan refugees whose basic needs had also been on the shoulders of KPK.

He called upon the KPK government to utilise the resources for the procurement of wheat from local, national and international market. He said that in case of non-availability of funds, it should arrange resources from commercial banks. He hoped that the government would adopt drastic efforts to save the province from wheat crisis and provide relief to the people.