Strict action against hoarding of essential items ordered


Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nadeem Aslam Chaudhry Wednesday ordered strict action against smuggling and hoarding of wheat, sugar, fertilizer and other essential commodities. The Chief Secretary presided over a high-level meeting to review progress on measures taken to curb smuggling. Relevant administrative secretaries, Customs and Special Branch officials, concerned commissioners.

Deputy commissioners and others attended the meeting. The Chief Secretary directed continued actions against elements involved in smuggling of essential commodities, saying that the district administration should also continue to take measures to stop hoarding. He stressed upon intelligence sharing and closer coordination among authorities concerned for preventing hoarding and smuggling.

The meeting was informed that as many as 21 check posts had been set up in border districts to prevent smuggling. Similarly, administration of Peshawar in operation against hoarders recovered and confiscated 57 ton sugar while 22 ton sugar (22050 kg) was seized in Khyber district. The seized sugar is sold to the public in markets of respective districts after completion of legal formalities. Similarly, fines to the tune of Rs29 million was imposed on 6235 business units for violation of laws related to profiteering.