The ‘sugar mafia’ is preparing another national crisis – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Former President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Dr. Shahid Rasheed Butt said on Saturday that the sugar mafia had planned a new sugar crisis in the country for improper profits .

The government’s failure to import sugar immediately will only embolden the sugar mafia, which amounts to helping it, he said. Shahid Rasheed Butt said in a statement released here today that a province where the price of flour is higher than the rest of the country is fueling the flour crisis for political purposes.

Scapegoating the people to score political points is unacceptable, therefore, this practice must be stopped immediately, he added. The business leader said that the price of wheat, corn and other commodities had risen in the world market due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, so there should be no delay in import of sugar and other necessary items.

He said the production of sugar cane in Pakistan is expected to drop by 25% due to which sugar production will be reduced and the price will increase which if not urgently addressed will lead to crisis in the country. If the government does not want to import sugar itself, it should allow the private sector to import sugar duty-free so that the price in the market can be moderated and the intentions of the mafia can be thwarted.

Rachel J. Bradford