Afridi almost emptied utility stores of essential items

  • 500 food packages distributed among people at a Jalsa in Chitral by Afridi came from utility stores godown
  • Each package contained one 20 kg wheat flour, five kg sugar, two kg rice and soaps etc worth Rs4,800.
  • Packages distributed by Afridi were worth about Rs2,400,000
  • Residents say Afrid’s foundation should have arranged the food items from market instead of robbing people of Chitral of their right to purchase the essential items from utility stores at subsidized rates.

CHITRAL: Shahid Afridi almost emptied utility stores godown. The district administration not only arranged a public meeting for Shahid Afridi to distribute food items among deserving people in complete disregard to the coronavirus precautions and Section 144 but also facilitated him in purchasing 500 packages (at subsidized rates) from the utility stores’ godown in Denin, ChitralToday has learnt.

Sources told ChitralToday that the utility stores godown officials were directed to prepare 500 packages for distribution among the deserving people by Shahid Afridi on behalf of his foundation. Each package consisted of one 20 kg wheat flour, five kg sugar, two kg rice etc worth Rs4,800.

The sources said all commodities in he utility stores were arranged by the government on subsidized rates to facilitate he citizens. The federal government recently allocated an additional Rs10 billion to provide more essential items to the stores across the country in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown.

The sources said a 20 kg bag of wheat flour was available at the utility stores for Rs800 while in the open the same bag was selling for Rs1,100 to Rs1,200. Similarly, there was also a big difference in the prices of other items as compared to the markets.

ChitralToday has learnt that the 500 packages handed over to the Shahid Afridi Foundation were worth Rs2.4 million.

Moreover, Afridi also distributed ration among deserving people in a village near Drosh on April 8. That packages were also arranged from the utility store in Drosh.

People in Chitral said Afridi’s charity organization should have arranged the packages from elsewhere as the items in the utility stores were meant for the citizens.

They said by taking away such a huge quantity of essential items the former star cricketer committed a robbery on the right of the ordinary Chitralis to purchase subsidized items from the stores.

They said utility stores in both Lower and Upper Chitral were facing a shortage of essential items and instead of arranging more stocks for the residents hit hard by the lockdown the district administration showed its magnanimity towards the foundation of Afridi.

They demanded that the government should order an inquiry into the matter and take action against those who facilitated Afridi in purchasing the items from the utility stores.

4 Replies to “Afridi almost emptied utility stores of essential items”

  1. چترال اور چترالیوں کی سابقہ شناخت ہؤگئی ہے اب ہم مستحیقن اور بیکاری قوم بن گئیے ہیں۔

  2. The right of a large poor based community has been usurped in the name of showing relief to poor. The local administration and utility store’s officials are responsible for this ill-management.
    They used to issue these concession based packs after verifying i.d cards of buyers. How have they alotted bags in hunreds to a single person for charity?

  3. This is very wrong, charity always begins at home. But Afridi started his charity from utility stores. If he was so sympathetic with Chitralis he should have purchased the wheat flour form market. Chitral utility stores are already short of necessary items and some items have arrive due to the corona lock down but this man supported by the DC and his commissioner took away these commodities for his publicity.
    I suspect Afridi has started these activities with a political ambition to join politics and become prime minister. Ya Allah bachaiin hamen already ek ne bera garq kia hua hai.

  4. The local administration shall be responsible to replenish the stock of the utility stores. They should have thought before time.

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