KP is facing a flour crisis following the Punjab government cutting the wheat supply of the province. There was no reason given by the Punjab government for cutting the flour supply as per the Pakistan Flour Mills Association Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chairman Haji Mohammad Iqbal
Iqbal said, “We met the food department’s officials and demanded an increase in wheat quota for local mills from 2,000 metric tons to 5,000 metric tons daily, but the government is not ready to do so.”
50% of the flour mills have closed in KP due to an acute shortage of wheat. More flour mills are expected to close if this situation continues.
Iqbal revealed that KP receives 95% of the wheat supply from Punjab. But for the last couple of days, this supply has been completely halted.
The crisis will only worsen with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s march on top of the two-day traders’ strike.
“We took up these issues with the provincial government, but unfortunately, no one is willing to pay heed to them.”
The KP Food Minister Qalandar Khan Lodhi said that he knows the situation, however, he is unable to do anything about it.
His response was, “What can I say,” when asked to tackle the issue. He was only hopeful that the meeting between KP food secretary and Punjab authorities will help in resolving the issue.