ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court bench was flabbergasted on Tuesday when it was told that no subsidy on food items has ever been extended to the neediest segments of Balochistan since the year 2009.
This is not all. Not a single fair price shop exists outside Quetta city to ensure the delivery of wheat flour or foodgrains at affordable prices to the poorest people of the province.
But provincial Food Director Ayaz Mandokhel said a summary for a Ramazan subsidy of Rs210 million had been prepared and sent to the authorities concerned.
The revelation came as a three-judge bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, was hearing an application filed by Jamaat-i-Islami secretary general Liaquat Baloch on the plight of hapless citizens who are being forced to buy flour at exorbitant prices despite the fact that Pakistan is proclaimed to be "an agricultural country".
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