Wheat procurement target will be achieved by end of June: Naveed Qamar

National Assembly was informed today (Wednesday) that the wheat procurement target set for the current season will be achieved by the end of June.

Minister for Commerce Naveed Qamar told the House during question hour that the country is self-sufficient in wheat production but over the last two years, a shortfall has been witnessed due to various factors including non-availability of timely fertilizers to the farmers, climate change and shortage of water.

He said the government has decided to import three million metric tons of wheat to meet domestic requirements. He said it has also been decided to take firm action against hoarding and smuggling of the commodity.

The Minister for Commerce said modern silos will be established to ensure better preservation of wheat.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbasi regretted the delay in the completion of New Balakot city.

He said thirty per cent work on the project has been completed. He said responsibility rests with the provincial government to complete the remaining seventy per cent work.

Responding to the points of opposition members, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar clarified that a legal and constitutional procedure was followed to remove Governor Punjab. 

He said it is a parliamentary democracy and the President is bound to follow the advice of the Prime Minister under the constitution.

Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali also echoed the remarks of the Law Minister saying there are also decisions of courts on the matter.

The house today adopted a resolution stressing that obedience to the constitution is obligatory on every citizen.

The resolution moved by Mohsin Dawar said the president is bound to protect and defend the constitution. It called upon the President to act in a non-partisan manner as per the constitution.

Fehmida Mirza of GDA said all the institutions including the judiciary, the armed forces and the presidency should be respected.

The House will now meet tomorrow at eleven am.

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