There is an atmosphere of unrest in the neighboring country …



Digital Desk, New Delhi. The economic slowdown has put Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan under tremendous pressure and the country is at risk of unrest. According to the report of The Guardian, the price of sugar here is more than that of petrol. The Guardian reported that according to the PDM, if the prices are not reduced, then the common people of the country will have to struggle to meet the basic needs.

Before coming to power, Imran Khan had vowed to root out corruption and lift people out of poverty as he promised a new and prosperous Pakistan with 100 million jobs created. Instead he announced a $3 billion financial aid from Riyadh after a visit to Saudi Arabia last month.

In an address to the nation last week, Khan had blamed the opposition for past mistakes in the international market and inflation for the misery of the people in Pakistan. He also announced a Rs 120 billion relief package providing subsidies on essential food items, the report said.

Economic analyst Khurram Hussain said this is not enough.

Hussain said the package is a drop in the ocean and will do little to help the common people. The pressure on Imran Khan will continue to mount as we have seen further hike in fuel and sugar prices after the announcement. He said inflation is putting a heavy burden on the common people as it comes at a time of high unemployment and stagnant wages. The report said that the prices of some essential commodities like fuel and electricity are unprecedentedly high. The opposition coalition Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and a campaign against inflation in the country has announced. A long march against inflation has also been announced as part of the campaign from Lahore to Islamabad.

(IANS)



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