Punjab Food Minister Samiullah Chaudhry resigned on Monday due to alleged inaction of reforms related to the food industry.
Chaudhry, in his resignation letter, stated that he faced a charge that he could not carry out reforms in the department, adding that he would not hold any government office until the charges were dropped.
“I am ready to sacrifice thousands of those ministries to complete Imran Khan’s agenda,” he wrote. “I am a minister who wants to represent me in every responsible forum,” said the letter.
Calling the allegations unfounded, the provincial minister said he was voluntarily withdrawing. The Punjab Minister’s resignation came after a report by the Federal Research Agency indicated that PTI’s highest-ranking members were among those who benefited from the recent sugar crisis in the country.
An investigation into the crisis was commissioned by Prime Minister Imran Khan in February. Among the people mentioned in the FIA report are Jahangir Tarin and brother of the Minister of National Food Security, Khusro Bakhtiyar.
The report says that Tarin benefited the most from the sugar crisis, followed by Bakhtiyar’s brother.
He handed the letter of resignation to the Punjab Prime Minister Usman Buzdar.