KARACHI - The Sindh government has finally lifted ban on the arrival of wheat from Punjab and also abolished the private force which was formed in the name of vigilance team by the provincial Food Minister, officials told The Nation on Saturday. The Food Secretary of Sindh Kamran Naveed Baloch took the initiative of allowing free movement of the commodity from Punjab to Sindh and Balochistan. After acceptance of their demands, the flour mills body has called off strike which supposed to be started from Saturday to Monday (23rd to 25th May). But, according to PFMA, they are observing strike on Saturday against ban on the export of wheat imposed by Economic Coordination Committee of Federal government last week. The Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) had earlier announced to close flour mills all over the country against inter-provincial ban on free movement of the commodity imposed by Sindh Food Department. They also claimed that the vigilance team of Sindh Food Department known as Magsi Force was forcing them to pay bribe for entering Sindh with wheat-laden vehicles. After ultimatum issued by flour mills body, a process of dialogue had started between officials of Sindh Food Department and provincial office-bearers of PFMA Sindh circle. Sources said that initially authorities were not ready to abolish the vigilance team, because this was formed by influential Minister for Food Department Mir Nadir Magsi. Furthermore, Shahnawaz Magsi, a close aide of Sindh Food Minister was made chief of this vigilance team, who, according to flour millers, was forcing them to pay bribe for supply of wheat. Sindh Food Secretary government confirmed to The Nation Sindh that Food Department has allowed free movement of commodity from Punjab to Sindh while other notification for abolishing vigilance team and was being called as Magsi Force. Replying to a question, Sindh Food Secretary said the department was facing problems in getting financing from banks that slowed-down the procurement process of wheat but he hoped that Sindh government will achieve its target to purchase 1.2 million tons wheat. Meanwhile, Chairman Pakistan Flour Mills Association Sindh zone Johar Qandhari said they have put off protest call given by central body as Sindh government accepted their main demands. But, he said, the PFMA is observing strike on Saturday across the country to protest against ban on export of commodity. He informed that after lifting ban on inter-provincial transportation of wheat, at least 5000 to 10,000 bags (each bag 100kg) would arrive from Punjab to Sindh especially in Karachi daily.