LAHORE - The Founders Group of Pakistan Flour Mills Association has announced to boycott the PFMA elections 2013-14 being held today (Sunday), as it was not possible to hold free and fair polls under the controversial election commission and partial secretary of the Association Mr Munir. The group has decided that the legality of the status of elections will be challenged in court of law to normalize the affairs of PFMA.
Dr Bilal Sufi, former chairman and chief of Founders group, said that opposition was not informed about holding elections neither election commission was made lawfully so our group will announce a shadow executive committee to represent 80 per cent of flour mills in Punjab. He further said that PFMA Awaz Group has failed to watch interest of the millers, as high wheat rate with lowest atta price is one example.
He informed that the Awaz Group, which has been winning elections of the PFMA for the last many years and is presently ruling the Association, kept members of the largest province, out of polls in last year elections of 2012-13. He said that PFMA refused membership to the millers hailing from Balochistan to manipulate elections.
He said that Punjab provincial office, which is also working as a central office too has become total partial, as the secretary Mr Munir, sitting in this office, is openly supporting the members of Awaz Group. The former PFMA central chairman threatened to go to the court for justice. He vowed that all members will fight against the monopoly of Awaz Group. It is to be noted that the Association has announced the election schedule for 2013-14 on Sept 15 while election commission.
The PFMA elections for 2012-13 was important for Balochistan, as the turn for central chairman was from this province and the ruling group used tactics to keep the members of rival groups out of polls to ensure the victory. Interestingly, the election commission constituted by the PFMA, ruling Awaz Group, stopped those noted millers from casting votes, who had been central chairman twice.
Industry sources said that Abdul Ali Kakar, the owner of Iqra Flour Mills in Balochistan, remained the central chairman of the Pakistan Flour Mills Association, but he was ignored and refused membership.
They said that election commission issued the list of just 25 members from Balochistan in 2012 while the real numbers were over 52. They said election commission was supporting the ruling group and refused rest of 27 millers of membership belonging to the Founder Group, as they could not win the slot of provincial chairmanship.
They said that 27 mills which are letting not to cast vote, were the top flour mills of the province but unfortunately they belonged to Founder Group. They said that all 27 members, whose voting power was denied, approached the centre and pleaded to get the power of casting vote, but no one listened to them, as they were all partial.