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Pakistan PM bans export of sugar

DAWN/ANN – Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced on Monday that he had imposed a “complete ban” on the export of sugar, owing to the commodity’s “domestic demand”.

“Given the domestic demand, I have ordered a complete ban on the export of sugar. There will be a strict action against smuggling and hoarding,” the prime minister said in a tweet.

According to state-run Radio Pakistan, the ban on the commodity’s export is aimed at stabilising its price in the country.

“The Prime Minister asked the departments concerned to keep him informed about the implementation of his orders.

“The officers concerned and staff will be held accountable for any negligence,” the Radio Pakistan report said.

Consumers have been complaining about the shortage of sugar and flour at utility stores since last month when the government had taken the initiative to reduce the prices of various food items in a bid to provide relief to the people during Ramadhan.

According to a Dawn report, the shortage was particularly reported in Punjab, where utility stores had run out of sugar.

The report had quoted consumers as complaining that store administrations were conditioning sale and purchase of oil and sugar with other items and not providing single items to consumers. Utility Stores Corporation staff later denied the allegation.