The holy month of Ramadan has arrived with all its divine scarcities and blessings but unfortunately for Pakistanis this month has increased lines on their forehead. As soon as Ramadan starts, the prices of commodities start to escalate. While the Satan is chained with the onset of Ramadan, the real demons started to come out of their dungeon in the form of shop owners, vendors, retailers and wholesalers.
The prices of most of the grocery items used every day have gone high as sky. The prices of vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes and onions; gram flour, pulses, beef mutton and chicken have increased as soon as Ramadan hits the doorsteps of Muslims. Before the holy month, chicken was available at the rate of Rs. 175 per kg but it reaches to Rs. 200 per kg on the first day of Ramadan. Price of Gram flour which has the highest demand in the holy month due to pakoras has reached to Rs. 90 per kg from Rs. 80 per kg. Similarly, prices of commodities have increased with the arrival of Ramadan.
It is the greatest example of hypocrisy that we proudly call Pakistan as Islamic Republic but our actions are totally opposite. Despite being aware of hardships of working class and poverty level of the country, we alleviate their problems. We Pakistanis fast to feel the sufferings of poor yet at the same time increase the prices to keep them suffering. At the occasion of the holy events, most of the western countries lower the prices of almost everything ranging from basic needs to luxuries. Angela Markel, a German Chancellor, exempts Muslim restaurants and owners of Muslim markets from taxes so Muslims could benefit as much as they can during the month of Ramadan. Germany is not an Islamic country but still they respect our holy event more than us. We should be ashamed of ourselves being Pakistanis that inflation in our country is not due to any mishap like flood or corruption but the holy month of Ramadan that is supposed to bring blessings ad peace in life of people.
We always blame our government for everything whether it is load shedding or panama leaks scandal but at this point, we are more responsible. Higher authorities live in villas and move in luxurious cars. They don’t face the problems that a normal Pakistani face every day like electricity load shedding. My question is that if we are not going to feel the suffering of our brothers and sisters, then how our government is going to feel for them? If we don’t try to make people’s life easy even it is done by lowering the prices, then it’s not fasting but we are just starving ourselves. On the other hand, government should keep a check on the prices and keep an eye on shop keepers that whether they are following the price list or not. If we are not going to think for our fellow people, no one will think about them. If we really want “tabdeeli”, then we have to change ourselves first. Let’s start to make a change from this blessed month.
Blogger: Aisha Farrukh is a media student currently enrolled in NUST.