Chairman of National Business Group Pakistan, President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum, and All Karachi Industrial Alliance, and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Wednesday said people will die of hunger if the import of agri products from India was not allowed.
The crops have been destroyed due to floods, which has created a severe shortage of food items across the country and the prices are continuously increasing threatening food security, he said.
Mian Zahid Hussain said that profiteers are active again in the wake of floods as the country lacks an effective system to control these elements.
Talking to the business community, the veteran business leader said that widespread starvation is feared in Pakistan which can be avoided by importing agri products from India without further delay.
The prices of tomatoes and onions have jumped to Rs500 per kg in various cities and they are expected to increase further while such items can reach Pakistan in 48 hours.
Pakistan stopped trade with India three years ago due to the issue of Kashmir, which did not have any impact on India, but it encouraged profiteers in Pakistan who gave the people a gift of record inflation, he observed
This loot by profiteers is still going on and it has become necessary to import grains and vegetables from India to curb this practice.