Voice of the Peo­ple

Per­sis­tent in­fla­tion in Ra­mazan

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - FAYZA WA­HEED

As the holy month of Ra­madan has set in with all Di­vine boun­ties and Bless­ings, the prices of com­modi ties are es­ca­lat­ing. Peo­ple have Hob­son’s choice to pur­chase things on the given prices they are forced to pay. Ba­si­cally, the essence of writ­ing is to high­light the main causes of price hike in Ra­madan. The de­mon’s of prof­i­teers and hoard­ers has come out of dun­geon, as the devil is chained in with the on­set of Ra­madan. This is re­ally the point of shame that the rea­son be­hind price hike is not flood, rain or any nat­u­ral calamity but Ra­madan-ul-Ka­reem which teaches us to prac­tice self-con­trol and em­pa­thy for the less for­tu­nate, thus en­cour­ag­ing gen­eros­ity and charity. What a para­dox to what we see hap­pen­ing in Pak­istan whereas in all other Is­lamic coun­tries the prices are dropped down in Ra­madan. How­ever, Govern­ment ap­pears to have flopped in con­trol­ling the prices. Even the price lists is­sued by the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion seem a show­piece in the shops since the shop­keep­ers are not fol­low­ing the pre­scribed rate list on the one pre­text or the or­der. The Par­lia­men­tar­ian who call them cham­pi­ons of hu­man­ity and wel­fare of the masses, are least both­ered about the prob­lems of com­mon man and leave con­sumers at the mercy on prof­i­teers. From now it seems that peo­ple have to get ready to bear the huge storm of in­fla­tion this Ra­madan as well. —Karachi

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