ISLAMABAD     -  The National Flood Response Coordination Centre (NFRCC) has informed that Pakistan is not expecting a food shortage as there is a ‘sufficient quanti­ty’ of food stock in the coun­try. Federal food secretary revealed this during a meet­ing of the NFRCC held under the chairmanship of Deputy Chairman of the center Ahsan Iqbal. All chief secretaries and federating units participated in the meeting in which a de­tailed review of food securi­ty was conducted. The secre­tary informed the NFRCC that measures are being taken at an emergency level to provide essential food items, including onions and tomatoes, to the flood victims. He said that the quantity of the present stock of food grains is sufficient and if timely measures are tak­en before the cultivation of the next crop, there will be no shortage of food in Pakistan. The forum was directed to prepare a strategy to ensure not only a sufficient supply of wheat, rice, pulses and oth­er essential commodities but also a plan to deliver these items to people in flood-af­fected areas, while also ensur­ing no shortage of food items for the people in the country. The forum specifically issued instructions to avoid any kind of hoarding and requested the provinces to take legal action against all hoarders, creating artificial scarcity by hoarding these commodities and caus­ing an increase in prices.