Currently, inflation is at its peak in Pakistan, a neighboring country struggling with economic woes. With the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, all items associated with daily needs have out of reach for common man, the poor have to pay its price with their lives. Meanwhile, according to the information available, 11 people were killed and more than 60 people injured in a stampede during free distribution of flour at government shop in Punjab province of Pakistan.
Effort to counter the rising of Imran Khan
The scheme aims to counter the rising popularity of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan. Two elderly women and a man died on Tuesday, while 60 others suffered injuries in stampedes at free flour centres in four districts — Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, Muzaffargarh and Okara — of south Punjab.The other districts where deaths were reported are Fasailabad, Jehanian and Multan.
Police have been blamed for causing mayhem at the centers by manhandling and baton-charging the citizens waiting in long queues to get free flour. Security forces also resorted to a heavy-handed approach following the looting of free flour trucks in the Muzaffargarh and Rahim Yar Khan cities.
Shortage of fruits in Ramadan
The effect of the economic crisis in poor Pakistan is visible in the holy month of Ramadan. The price for one dozen banana has soared to 500 rupees. You will be shocked on hearing the price of grapes. According to the information available, currently grapes are sold at Rs. 1600 per kg in Pakistan. The demand for fruits rises in the holy month of Ramadan, but like flour, currently Pakistan, is facing the shortage of fruits too.