SWABI: Farmers and their leaders here on Sunday called on the government to take action to control the smuggling of wheat into Afghanistan in the post-harvest period of the harvest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
During a conversation with this correspondent, the producers said that the harvesting and threshing of wheat had been completed in all the lowland districts of the province and that it was the right time to prevent businessmen from getting sourcing grain and then smuggling it to Afghanistan while depriving the province of becoming self-sufficient in wheat production.
Anjuman-i-Kasthkaran, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, General Secretary Alam Sher Gohati said the wheat grain produced in the district could largely meet the needs of the people.
However, he said businessmen and flour mill owners were buying the crop in order to earn millions of rupees at the expense of the local people.
The farmers said the smuggling of wheat into Afghanistan had been a big problem for residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which was not self-sufficient in wheat production and depended on Punjab to meet its deficit.
Tamraiz Khan, a landowner, said wheat smugglers were harming the province’s interests and should be dealt with with an iron fist.
Khalid Khan, district chairman of Kisan Board, said it was incumbent on the federal and provincial governments to take action to stop the smuggling of wheat into Afghanistan.
REGISTERED FIRS: First information reports were registered in different police stations against pickpockets who stole mobile phones and money from many people during public meetings of President of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Imran Khan, and of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz here in the district and during Azadi. March on May 25.
PML-N District General Secretary Babar Saleem told the media that pockets of hundreds of people were cut at a public meeting of Maryam Nawaz in Chota Lahor on May 11 and FIRs were registered against them to the city police station.
PTI district chairman Anwar Haqdad said that during Imran’s public meeting at the Gohati cricket stadium on May 16, pickpockets deprived several party employees of mobile phones and money.
Posted in Dawn, May 30, 2022