CCP imposes fine of Rs 44bln to 81 sugar mills for embezzlement, corruption: Shahbaz Gill

LAHORE  – Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill on Saturday said that Competitive Commission of Pakistan (CCP) had imposed a fine of Rs 44 billion to 81 sugar mills for embezzlement, corruption and ex­ploitation of the farmers.

Addressing a Press conference here at Press Information Department (PID), SAPM, Dr Shahbaz Gill said that the highest fine of Rs 300 million had been imposed on the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) for its per­sistent anti-competitive practice.

He said that two of the four mem­bers of the CCP had been fined im­mediately and two had been under further investigation, adding, that the CCP existed even before the gov­ernment of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf but it remained silent about the cor­ruption of sugar mafia because it was occupied by politicians.

He said that the law was equal for all and whoever committed crime/corruption would be accountable to the law, adding, that the sugar mills owners always blackmailed the gov­ernment and got subsidies but Prime Minister Imran Khan was the only ruler who could not be blackmailed.

He said that for the last several year, a subsidy of Rs 30 billion was being given to sugar mills, adding, that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government had stopped this sub­sidy and provided relief to the peo­ple and farmers.

“Why so many landlords came to politics, made sugar mills or established TV channels”, he said and replied that they wanted to get benefits from government and make more money.

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