Bareera Anwar Baloch
Every day’s increasing inflation has rendered the impoverished in Pakistan helpless. Common and middle-class people are caught up with the skyrocketing cost of food, vegetables, fruits, clothing, and other essentials. This has even pushed people to extremes, such as killing their children or setting themselves and their children on fire. If we delve into the cause of this day-to-day rising inflation, we realise that the greatest error is the craze with which people purchase expensive items, and regrettably, the same items are being sold in greater quantities.
The day the government announces that gasoline, HSD fuel, or a particular item will be more expensive starting tomorrow, instead of taking to the streets to protest the sudden price increase, people form long queues at petrol stations and other expensive shopping malls, citing the fact that these items will be more expensive starting tomorrow and urging them to buy now at lower prices. This demonstrates that it is not the government’s fault alone; rather, we are to blame for purchasing these products instead of boycotting them or engaging in road rage against government financial policies.
It should not be like that at all. We, the common people, have to raise our voices against the unfair prices of everything that are soaring from day to day, and the same is directly affecting the common people who hardly bear electricity and gas bills, house rates, school fees, and medical bills for their children.
Take Iran, our neighbouring country, as an example. Whenever there is a price increase, people take to the streets to protest and denounce the government’s financial policies. Before it is too late, the government must address these grave problems facing the middle class and the common people by instituting financial reforms to alleviate destitution and inflation.
Bareera Anwar Baloch hails from Malir, Karachi. She is a student at the University of Karachi.