Former chairman Pakistan Flour Mills Association and chairman Wheat and Flour Committee of FPCCI, Dr Bilal Sufi has said that the constant increase in flour prices is a result of manipulation of wheat hoarders over policy of issue of wheat to flour mills by food department.

He said that he had been demanding the govt to come out of their influence and just concentrate on disposal of 4.9 million tons of wheat lying with them. Dr Bilal said wheat rates in open market have been raised with a design to facilitate hoarders of wheat and now Pakistan flour milling association is misused as a shield to increase rates of flour.

Dr Bilal Sufi suggested to the Punjab government to issue govt wheat immediately at Rs 1250 per 40 kg if they want to maintain old rates of atta. Dr Sufi said that food department’s delay was a conspiracy which has worked and now chief minister Punjab should think and take notice of it at once otherwise hoarders will further damage government’s image in Punjab.