A senior member of the PTI and a close friend of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Jahangir Khan Tareen, said on Monday he would challenge the committee investigating the sugar and wheat crises if it holds him responsible.
“I’m in constant contact with the prime minister and I stand with him,” Tareen said, adding that he had provided 20,000 tonnes of sugar to utilities stores at Rs67 a kilo, saving the people Rs250 million.
“If I had not sold sugar at Rs67 a kilo, I’d have donated Rs250 million to the Prime Minister’s Corona Relief Fund,” he added.
Tareen said his team was fully cooperating with the investigative committee and commission, as well as the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), whose officials are probing “our staff since March 20”.
Hello hello, News bring reported that I have been “removed” as C’man Agri Task Force ….I was never chairman of any task force . Can anyone show me a notification with me as C’man ??Pl get your facts right people
— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) April 6, 2020
However, he added: “I will challenge the committee if it holds me responsible.”
Later in the day, former Punjab government spokesperson Shahbaz Gill announced that Tareen had been removed as the chairperson of the “task force on agriculture in light of findings of Sugar and Wheat Inquiry Report”.