The workers and supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took on the streets on Sunday in different cities of the country as they protest against the mounting inflation in Pakistan, they came to protest on the call of the party chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan.
Different cities where protests were staged included Karachi. Where the protests were led by the former governor of Sindh, Imran Ismail and the local leaders. Peshawar, Lahore, Rawalpindi and the capital of the country Islamabad were the other cities where protests against the government, inflation and load-shedding were staged on the call of the PTI chairman Imran Khan.
Imran Khan addressed supporters virtually
Screens were set up for the virtual address of Imran Khan in different cities. Where protests were staged, and Imran Khan delivered just after 10 pm.
Addressing the supporters Imran Khan said he had asked people to stage protests and took to the streets against the rising inflation for their own good.
He also urged the people to keep up their struggle against the “imported government” as he warned that more inflation and a rise in prices were coming.
The former prime minister of the country also stated “when PTI was in the power they used to distribute health cards even though being in the IMF programme and this government is ending all the subsidies.”
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also said that “this new government has only been in the IMF programme for just two months”. Imran Khan compared it to their own tenure and said “we were in the IMF programme for two and a half years. The protests that took place today were on a call of Imran made on Thursday. He urged people in a recorded message and he also warned people if they kept sitting idly the inflation will keep soaring.
Mounting inflation in Pakistan
Pakistan is witnessing unprecedented economic turmoil, with the inflation rate rising exponentially. Hamariweb learnt from some locals who say it has become impossible for them to make ends meet.
According to Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, in the past month, the vegetable oil price has risen 27% on average. Retail prices for cooking oil, sugar and pulses have also increased manifold since May 2022.
Dr Azra Talat Saeed, a prominent economist, says the gasoline price has seen a hike of 49% in just one month.
An official at Pakistan’s Poverty Alleviation Fund revealed that they have been flooded with phone calls and applications for financial assistance, adding that even sections of middle-class Pakistanis are applying for educational funds as they want to save money for food items.
Labourer Hussain says he cannot afford to buy fish and mutton anymore. “We can only eat meat on special occasions,” he said. “The last three years have economically been the worst in my life because of the high inflation,” he added.
The country’s headline inflation of 13.4% in April was driven mostly by fresh food items and a rise in core inflation. The current government led by PDM is unable to control the price hike in Pakistan. And this has left the public to respond on the roads.
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