LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Monday issued directions from Saudi Arabia to the cabinet committee for price control to launch a crackdown on illegal profiteers.

He said the sale of essential items should be ensured at government fixed rates. No leniency would be shown to those found selling essential items at exorbitant rates, he said. The administrative officers should regularly visit markets for ensuring price control and no lame excuse would be acceptable with regard to implementation of the price control system.

The CM ordered for taking practical steps to overcome artificial price-hike and made it clear that people would not be left at the mercy of profiteers. He said that the initiatives taken for providing relief to people should be visible to everyone. “The price control magistrates should come out from their offices and check the rates of different items in markets.”

He said artificial increase in the prices of pulses, vegetables and fruits would not be tolerated and added that district-level price control committees should also proactively perform to help implement governmental instructions in their respective areas.

Meanwhile, Usman Buzdar took notice of an incident of sexual assault on a student in Bhakkar and sought a report from Regional Police Officer (RPO) Sargodha. He ordered for arresting the culprits at the earliest and initiating legal action against them.

The chief minister also ordered the District Police Officer (DPO) Bhakkar to visit the residence of the victim and assure her of justice provision.

Also, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar expressed condolence over the death of mother of DIG Tayyab Hafeez Cheema. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.