As soon I woke up in the morning, the news dropped like a bomb that the government has increased the prices of petroleum products by Rs12 per liter. Petrol price rose by Rs10.49 to Rs137.79 and diesel by Rs 12.44.
In the last one month, the price of petrol has gone up by a total of Rs20, which has really made the people scream. Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan, addressing the inaugural function of Kisan Portal, was saying that imported goods import inflation, the pressure on the rupee is temporary, we have imported wheat, sugar, ghee, we are trying that everything be produced in the country.
During the reporting of this (PM's) speech, I was looking for a phrase, "Don't panic", but despite searching all the newspapers, I couldn't find these words of consolation from the Prime Minister. I was searching for these words because I was nervous. The reason for the panic was the announcement of the Federal Minister of Energy, the announcement of the Utility Stores Corporation and the ticking of the petrol bomb.
Electricity has been increased by Rs39 paise per unit but there is no need to panic. The slab of cheap electricity for the poor has been reduced from 300 units to 200 units, but there is no need to panic. The price of essentials at utility stores has gone up by Rs15-45 but there is no need to panic. Edible oil prices of 5 companies have been increased from Rs14 to Rs110 at utility stores but there is no need to panic. The price of a two kilogram pack of washing powder has been increased from Rs10 to Rs21 but there is no need to panic. Repeated instructions about hand wash to avoid coronavirus and an increase of up to Rs15 in the price of bath soup and an increase of Rs9 in the price of a 228 ml pack of handwash but do not panic. The poor used to eat bread with pickles and the price of pickles has been increased by more than 200 per cent. The price of three grams of pickles has been increased from Rs20 to Rs44 but there is no need to worry.
The government's own statistics agency says the overall inflation rate has reached 12.66 per cent. Inflation for low-income earners has reached 14.12%. Prices of 22 essential commodities rose in one week. The price of tomato increased by Rs11 per kg, LPG cylinder for domestic use has gone up by more than Rs43, 2.5kg ghee price jumped Rs6.9, while prices of rice, garlic, potato, mutton and Gurr also went up.
Despite the words "don't panic", there is no moment of relief and it seems that the captain's famous slogan "I will make them cry" was not for political rivals but for the people. The average income of the salaried class in the country is 20,000 to 25,000. What was left of this revenue after paying electricity, gas and water bills, which the government is now bent on squeezing further.
The word squeezing was used because Federal Minister for Energy Hamad Azhar, while announcing the increase in electricity rates, had admitted that the burden of revolving loans is currently being borne by the people mainly due to capacity payments, which are now Rs700 to Rs800 billion. Thus, the confession of the federal minister proved that arrangements are being made to squeeze Rs800 billion from the people.
The working class and a sslaried class were interested in the captain's slogans. Addressing the Kisan Card Portal function, the captain pointed this out, saying the PTI has launched a movement for justice, Allah Almighty especially listens to the voice of the weak and working class. A man in the street is seen seeking justice. Captain sahib what to talk about your slogan of 'Insaaf' you have forced even poor class to beg for food. The rulers should come ourt on the streets without protocols to see the poor queuing up at traffic signals for begging. Poverty and unemployment could be seen among youth standing alongthe banks of the city canal and injecting drugs into their bodies, while young girls could be seen wearing burqas with their hands outstretched.
Rising electricity, oil and gas prices, continouous depriciation of Pak rupee, the collapse of economy sinks, the world's laughter at a "sensitive deployment" are the outcome of change (of government) that came in 2018. Though the Opposition still insist the change didn;t come, but was brought. Whatever the case, the loss is happening to Pakistan and the millions of people living in it. The scourge of inflation has grappled the country so badly that there is not a single household whose expenditure and income have not "changed". People are now fed up with hollow claims of accountability.
While blowing the horn on inflation, mismanagement and unnecessary issues from institutions, is the government realizing that there will be no response? The patience of the people is running out. The opposition is gearing up for the last battle. The government has reached the abyss of its popularity.
Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen also made it clear during a press conference in Washington that inflation wouldn't come down. In such a situation, whatever the government does to entertain the people cannot be stopped in the face of public outrage. The billions of rupees of subsidies and amnesty schemes if were directed towards modernizing the industry, there would be economic activity in the country today and jobs would be created.
If it is to be accepted that the previous governments haven't paid attention to these problems, but question is what have you (PTI) done in these three years? How long will the rulers and governments of the past continue to cover up their incompetence and worthlessness? The time for elections-- the day of reckoning for any government-- is also coming and of course the people are watching and testing everything. You will have to run a knife on your development budget due to the IMF conditions. Are you ready for that too? Treat inflation immediately or the "Tsunami of change" will knock you to the brink of public outrage!
PM Shahbaz Sharif nominates Najam Sethi as candidate for PCB Chairman
The prime minister in his meeting with Najam Sethi has expressed his complete confidence in Sethi’s abilities to lead Pakistan Cricket Board.
Islamabad: In a significant development, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has officially nominated Najam Sethi as the candidate for the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the sources privy to the development said on Wednesday.
During a meeting between Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Najam Sethi, the Chairman of the PCB's Management Committee, the Prime Minister expressed his complete confidence in Sethi's abilities to lead the board.
The sources revealed that the Prime Minister would soon receive two names from the PCB's Governors board, with Najam Sethi being the preferred choice for the position of PCB Chairman. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif directed Sethi to expedite the process of conducting the elections for the PCB Chairman.
During the meeting, Najam Sethi provided a comprehensive briefing to Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on various cricket-related matters. This included updates on the upcoming Asia Cup 2023, the revival of the PCB's 2014 constitution, and the progress of preparations for the World Cup in India.
The sources further disclose that the elections for PCB districts have been successfully conducted in over 90 percent of the districts. Additionally, elections for 80 percent of the regions have been completed, and the Regional Inter-District Under-19 Cricket Tournament is scheduled to commence on June 15.
Najam Sethi also shared that a one-year cricket calendar had been finalized and would be announced in the near future. Moreover, departmental cricket had been revived, with all departments actively forming their cricket teams.
Actor Ahsan Khan blessed with baby girl
Blogger and writer Faisal Kapadia shared the news of Ahsan baby girl.
Karachi: A daughter has been born to famous Pakistani actor and host Ahsan Khan.
According to details, blogger and writer Faisal Kapadia shared the news of Ahsan's baby girl on Instagram while sharing a photo of Ahsan holding a newborn baby.
Kapadia captioned the image as: “Welcoming my niece to the world and a big congrats to Ahsan Khan and his lovely wife Fatima”.
He prayed for the baby that may she have the kindness and morals you both [Ahsan and his wife] have and a long happy and fulfilled life.
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The post shared by Faisal Kapadia went viral on social media while congratulators also went crazy.
In this regard, Ahsan Khan has not made any announcement yet or shared any picture on social media accounts. However, he shared a picture of flowers on his Instagram story which were sent by a politician and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Sharjeel Inam Memon as Khan tagged and thanked him.
It is pertinent to note that this is the birth of fourth child for Ahsan Khan as he already had two sons and a daughter.
Ahsan terms Pakistan, Middle East as strategic economic partners
Ahsan Iqbal said there is also a great scope of cooperation in the areas of IT, energy, mining, and tourism and skills development.
Islamabad: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday said: “There are vast opportunities of cooperation between Pakistan and the Middle Eastern countries in diverse areas”.
Addressing a conference in Islamabad, he stated that Pakistan can modernize its agriculture sector by attracting a sizeable investment from the Middle Eastern countries.
“We have to create a Green Revolution 2.0 in the country where we not only fulfill our domestic food requirements but also export the agriculture products,” added Iqbal.
Ahsan Iqbal said there is also a great scope of cooperation in the areas of Information Technology (IT), energy, mining, and tourism and skills development.
The Minister for Planning continued that Middle East is a strategic economic partner of Pakistan, adding that countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council have always stood by Pakistan in difficult times and proved to be a reliable partner.
Alluding to the recent developments in the Middle East especially the joining of SCO by Saudi Arabia and the role played by China in KSA-Iran rapprochement, the Minister for Planning and Development said that according to an estimate, trade between the GCC and the emerging Asian nations will increase to over six hundred billion dollars by 2030.
He said since Pakistan has a close relationship with all these countries, there are opportunities for the country to align itself with these changes.
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