KARACHI: Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) on Tuesday announced to end its eight-day long strike and continue supplying flour to consumers. The decision came after a meeting of PFMA office-bearers with food department officials here on Tuesday.
Talking to PPI, Chairman PFMA said that the decision was taken after provincial food department had assured them to remove check-posts involved in harassing wheat trucks coming from interior Sindh.
He said that the government had given them permission to bring wheat from four districts of the province which include Larkana, Qambar-Shadadkot, Dadu and Jamshoro into Karachi while more districts would be added in the list.
It is pertinent to mention here that flour mills in Punjab also observed one-day token strike on Tuesday in solidarity with flour mills of Karachi while on the other side, food department blamed flour mills for smuggling wheat to other provinces of the country despite imposition of section 144.
When contacted, Food Director Muzammil said that no demand of the flour mills were approved by the department. “We are not removing any check-posts as section 144 is imposed to halt smuggling of wheat to other provinces.
“We discussed appointments of focal person of police and food department officials who will oversee the complaints of flour mills regarding harassment from excise and police officials,” he said.
Muzammil said that the department would initially procure wheat necessary for the province and then they would allow it to be sent to other provinces.
He said that the department was ready to cooperate with the flour mills.