Traders’ mafia

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - MOMAL RAJA

When the holy month of Ramzan sets in, peo­ple start pre­par­ing them­selves to be­come more re­li­gious to come closer to Al­lah. Along with Ramzan prayers and fast­ing, the Mus­lims of Pak­istan start think­ing about their If­tari pro­grammes and have all the items from fruits to Pako­ras - es­pe­cially from busi­ness class to poor class ev­ery one bring de­li­cious taste to their ta­ble and it is the month when even poor get chance to have fresh fruits, dates, meat and chicken etc.

On the other hand, the evil in­stinct of the traders comes in ac­tion, when peo­ple’s de­sire for buy­ing food items and cloth­ing for fol­low­ing Eid is high. They raise prices to the sky. We hear Gov­ern­ment is or­ga­niz­ing bachat pro­grammes or sasta bazaars etc. but all th­ese men­tioned ac­tions are lim­ited to just slo­gans and an­nounce­ments and to get Me­dia’s at­ten­tion. I call upon the govt that in­stead of open­ing use­less ‘sasta bazaars’, es­tab­lish the writ of the state and en­sure that no trader, prof­i­teer or busi­ness­man gets into the evil prac­tice to fleece the peo­ple only be­cause they want to cel­e­brate a re­li­gious feat and a sa­cred divine event. — Via email

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