PML-N denies calling Jahangir Tareen a ‘sugar thief’?

It looks like PML-N is backtracking on the allegations against PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen (JKT) amid the whole no-trust movement scenario. As the opposition seeks to complete its number for the no-confidence movement, this appears to be praise for JKT.

To clarify, PML-N leader Muhammad Zubair firmly maintained that the party did not accuse JKT of stealing sugar. He made these statements during a talk show for a private media channel. SAPM Youth Affairs Usman Dar was also present. Excerpts from the show are making the rounds on social media.

During the broadcast, the conversation turned to the supposed partnership between PML-N and JKT in the non-confidence movement that the opposition filed yesterday. Muhammad Zubair said they didn’t jump at the gun in the no-confidence decision. They had the support of the Tareen Group which represents a significant number in both the Punjab Assembly and the National Assembly.

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Regarding this, the host asked Muhammad Zubair if JKT was an “ATM” or a “sugar thief” as previously referred to by PML-N on several occasions.

“I never called him a sugar thief. Maybe he called him an ATM,” Muhammad Zubair said. “I have always maintained that we cannot call JKT a sugar thief. sugar.”

The host grilled the PML-N leader and asked who PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb was referring to with those labels.

“If you take out the records from last year, we never called it that,” the PML-N leader said.

PML-N’s accusations against JKT

It is important to note that in 2020, following the shortage of wheat flour in the country and the subsequent rise in prices, sugar had also disappeared from the market. Taking note of the situation, the Prime Minister had formed a commission to discover those responsible for the crises.

According to the commission of inquiry, six groups control about 51% of the sugar production in Pakistan, the JDW group of JKT controls 19.97% of the production, the RYK group (Khusro Bakhtiar) controls 12.24%, the Al-Moiz in control 6.8. %, Tandlianwala Group 4.9%, Omni Group 1.7% and the Sharif family holds 4.5% of production. However, JKT said he was not responsible for the sugar crisis.

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As a result, the PML-N often lambasted PM Khan for being friends with the ‘sugar mafia’. Additionally, the host also aired a clip of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz calling JKT a thief and ordering a form of petition against him. The timeline of the video, however, is unclear.

Relevant to mention, PML-N accuses PM Khan of corruption by allowing mafias to usurp money. In December 2021, PML-N spokeswoman Marriyum Aurangzeb, alleged that Imran Khan was clearly and directly involved in each of the acts of corruption that robbed the nation.

She said the prime minister gave permission to export sugar and flour when she was explicitly told there was a shortage in the country. Later, she claimed, the Prime Minister allowed the importation of sugar and flour at extremely expensive tariffs and even gave unnecessary subsidies to his “mafia friends”.

As for the “ATM” label, PML-N accused JKT of paying PM Khan’s expenses. At the same press conference, Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Jahangir Tareen gives him 3.5 million rupees every month.

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Rachel J. Bradford