Zartaj Gul accused of promoting friend’s brand under the banner of ‘plastic-free’ campaign

The claims were made by owners of brands and shops, where the Minister herself visited and distributed the 'alternatives'.


  • People accuse Zartaj Gul of promoting her friend’ brand under the plastic-free campaign.
  • The polypropylene that were distributed among people (in official capacity) were from a company named Gaia Green Bags, which apparently belongs to the minister’s friend.
  • People say that the Minister asked them to use it as an alternative, which can be regarded as ‘promotion’ of the brand.

Minister of Climate Change Zartaj Gul has been accused of promoting a friend’s brand under the cover of ‘plastic-free’ campaign. The claims were made by owners of brands and shops, where the Minister herself visited and distributed the ‘alternatives’.

According to an employee of the famed sweet shop, Jameel Sweets, the minister came to distribute the bags and suggested to switch to them. Inam ul Haq, who works as a factory manager at Jameel Sweets, told that the Ministry of Climate Change approached the outlets, handing over Gaia bags, asking to use them after 14th August. The bags also had a contact number printed on them, where the sellers were asked to contact.

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Inam further told that the provided contact number, when contacted, told that the order will be of 5kg to 10kg propylene bags and a minimum of Rs. 90,000. However, since the shop required ones in a smaller size, to which they said that the technical department will contact them. Inam complaints that now that no one is picking the calls, how are they directed to address the issue and choose alternatives.

Here is what Inam had to say:

Another concerning aspect is that the distributed bags are made of PP (polypropylene), which itself is not an environment-friendly material. It, in itself, is a question mark that how is the ministry approving it and what standards are they using for it.


Also See: Imran Khan Reprimands Zartaj Gul’s Act And Orders An Inquiry


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