KARACHI - The Sindh government has set to impose ban on inter-district movement of wheat to stop hoarding and transportation of commodity.

Sources in the Sindh Food Department told TheNation on Monday that a summary has been sent to the Provincial Home Department, seeking approval to impose the ban on inter district movement of wheat in the province.

The formal notification of banning on inter-district movement of commodity is likely to be issued today on Tuesday.

The flour mills owners have rejected the idea of imposing ban on the commodity but according to officials of food department, imposing restriction of wheat is being done to fully utilise production of provincial wheat besides saving it from any damage.

It may be mentioned here that the wheat flour prices have started crawling up in the open market after witnessing a downward trend, so the traders jumped in by investing in the wheat commodity, so that they could stock it to bring in the market on the time of shortage.

The Sindh government has fixed 1.3 million tons of wheat procurement, announcing Rs1,050 support price for per 40-kg of current season wheat crop for 2012. The Food Department has set up 388 wheat procurement centres to purchase the commodity throughout the province.

The provincial government also decided to deploy Rangers during procurement and borders with Balochistan will be sealed particularly the Karachi-Hub and Jacobabad borders. It was further decided that Section 144 Cr PC will be imposed at procurement centres and borders.

Four hurt as police raid Uzair Baloch’s house: As many as four people, including two minor girls, sustained gunshot wounds when unidentified gunmen resorted to firing after a police team threw a cordon in Singo Lane neighbourhood of Lyari in a bid to nab banned People’s Amn Committee (PAC) leader Uzair Jan Baloch.

A heavy contingent of law enforcers cordoned off Singo Lane and its surroundings to nab PAC leaders.

However, a group of miscreants appeared on the scene and resorted to firing to restrain the police team’s movement, leaving four people – Laiba, daughter of Shahid, Gul Bibi, 30, Muhammad Ali, 45, and Savera, 9 – critically wounded. They were ferried to the Civil Hospital Karachi for treatment.

According to sources, the raid was conducted when Uzair Baloch was giving an interview to a British television at his residence. They said the team of foreign correspondents remained stuck at Uzair’s residence until the police team’s intervention.

When contacted, SP Nasir Aftab said the police had been tipped off about the presence of Habib Jan, Zafar Baloch and Uzair Baloch at the residence of the latter. After the incident, all commercial activities came to a halt in the area.