Cigarette industry got benefit because of Marriyum Aurangzeb, says Fawad Chaudhry

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry has said that Pakistan is the only country in the world that benefits the tobacco industry and this happened because of Maryam Aurangzeb.

While addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Fawad Chaudhry announced to bring a reference for the disqualification of Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb. He questioned the participation of Maryam Aurangzeb in the meeting on the cigarette industry. He accused the husband of Maryam Aurangzeb of being associated with the Cigarette Agency.

Fawad Chaudhry said that Maryam has benefited the cigarette industry which is a case of utter dishonesty. He said that a letter has been written to the Secretary Cabinet on this issue. “She should be inquired for that”, he demanded.

The former Information Minister further said that the hard work done by Maryam Aurangzeb on the budget is before us. He said that tax exemptions worth billions of rupees have been given to the Cigarette Agency. The world is running an anti-tobacco campaign while Pakistan is giving relief to the industry.

Regarding Farah Gogi, the PTI leader said that those who are accusing Farah Bibi of corruption should explain themselves first. Farah Bibi’s corruption of Rs 100 million seems huge.

He criticized the solar scheme of the government saying that a solar project worth Rs 50 billion is about to be transferred without consulting the provinces.

Meanwhile, instructions have been issued to transfer the Prime Minister’s house and office’s energy system to solar power on an emergency basis. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired a meeting of the Energy Task Force in which it has been decided that steps will be taken for the promotion of solar energy in the country, and it was informed that the country would be able to convert fuel-powered powerhouses to solar energy and install 11 KV to 2000 feeders. The production proposal is also under consideration.

The meeting also discussed the proposal to convert government buildings to solar energy across the country and said that up to 1000 MW of solar power plants would be installed on government buildings in the next 10 years.

Federal Minister for Energy Engineer Khurram Dastgir, Federal Minister for Finance Miftah Ismail, Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Petroleum Musaddiq Malik and relevant senior officers were also among the attendees.

The announcement of a solar energy policy is also expected on August 1.