ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday reinstated Shehryar Afridi as the Minister of State for Narcotics Control, merely two days after taking back the same portfolio.
According to a notice issued by the Cabinet Department today, Afridi will now continue to be responsible for the Ministry.
On April 8, the report of the wheat and sugar crisis shocked several current ministers and senior PTI leaders. Prime Minister Imran had withdrawn his investment portfolio from Afridi.
Following the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) report on sugar crisis, the PM had done a major cabinet reshuffle. Food Security Minister Khusro Bakhtiar had also resigned from his post but was appointed as the minister for economic affairs, replacing Hammad Azhar.
Meanwhile, Azhar was assigned the portfolio of industries and Azam Swati was given charge as the minister of narcotics control. Babar Awan was made the adviser for parliamentary affairs, replacing Swati.
Earlier, a report by the FIA claimed that the main members of the PTI are those who have benefited from the country ’s recent sugar crisis. The brothers of Jahangir Khan Tareen and Bakhtiar are one of them.
The Prime Minister ordered an investigation into the crisis in February.
The report also claimed that companies belonging to Moonis Elahi benefited from the sugar crisis.
Elahi is the son of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, President of Punjab, and an important member of the ruling party ally PML-Q.
The document did not mention under which influence the Punjab government issued subsidies to sugar mills, nor did it mention why the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved the decision to export sugar.
In response to the report, Asad Umar, Minister of Planning, stated that he believed that no matter what the situation, Prime Minister Imran would “ensure justice.”