Former PM Abbasi Alleged Rs. 20 Billion Corruption in Free Flour Scheme:
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stressed the need for a clear vision from political leaders to ensure the efficient functioning of the system during a ceremony in Lahore on Saturday. Abbasi accused the coalition leadership of responsible for the country’s problems and alleged that over Rs20 billion had been embezzle in the distribution of free flour from an Rs84 billion budget. He questioned the effectiveness of the scheme in benefiting the poor.
Although Abbasi did not directly implicate the caretaker Punjab government in the corruption, caretaker provincial information minister Amir Mir dismissed the allegations as baseless during the same ceremony in Lahore. Mir claimed that the free flour scheme was the most successful one in the history of Punjab and had benefited 30 million deserving people without any corruption. He also reiterated the caretaker Punjab government’s readiness to be held accountable for every penny spent.
Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb lauded the success of the scheme and credited administrative officers for their hard work in making it possible.
Meanwhile, Fawad Chaudhry, the PTI senior vice president, called for an investigation into Abbasi’s allegations by the NAB chairman and demanded that the caretaker Punjab government be accountable.