Islamabad: The PTI government has decided to recover Rs 386 billion from sugar mills for which National Accountability Bureau cases have been sent.
In a recent cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan instructed the Adviser on Accountability and Home Affairs to brief the Cabinet on the action taken so far on the report of the Sugar Commission.
The commission accused the owners of making billions of rupees in unjustified price hikes, anonymous transactions, tax evasion, misuse of subsidies, and illegal purchases of sugarcane.
The commission also pointed out that the owners of sugar mills include big politicians.
According to the details, PML-N’s Shahbaz Sharif, PTI’s Jahangir Tareen, Khusro Bakhtiar, and PPP’s Asif Zardari also benefited from the crisis.
The Adviser to the Prime Minister said that the FBR had fixed Rs. 386 billion due on these mills, out of which Rs 29 billion was taxed while Rs 22 billion was fined after winning a long legal case in various courts.
He also said that notices of recovery and cases have been sent to NAB, which has initiated an inquiry to take action against people involved in the corruption.
The Prime Minister termed it a conspiracy not only against the federal government but also against the poor people of Sindh.
Moreover, the government had directed the FBR to conduct a comprehensive audit of all sugar mills to detect tax fraud and anonymous transactions.
The Maritime Minister pointed out the “conspiracy” of the Sindh government to release the hoarded wheat recently which was not released amid the crisis last year.