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CM Punjab To Appear Before Sugar Crisis Probe Commission

LAHORE: The Sugar inquiry commission has summoned Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar today to testify on allegedly giving subsidy worth Rs3 billion to millers in haste in 2019.

The commission probing an unusual increase in sugar prices has widened its scope of investigation by summoning almost all the decision-makers who have been involved in approving subsidy as well as dealing with export and import of sugar in past five years.

Official sources confirmed that the commission is going to record a statement of the chief minister today (Wednesday).

The commission summoned the chief minister a day after Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar appeared before the commission to explain his sugar export decision taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) headed by him as finance minister in 2018.

Asad Umar, while responding to former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s allegations, requested the commission to summon him.