KARACHI - The religio-political parties are condemning the price hike on daily usage items in the port city of Karachi on the advent of holy Ramazan month. They have witnessed that the profiteers and hoarders have launched pre-Ramazan drive to gain maximum benefits from the helpless citizens but the government departments are silent on the issue to control the price hike, the Nation has learnt.

The Nation got the view of relio-political leaders on the inflated rates of the daily usage items and inactiveness of the government authorities. Karachi Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Muhammad Hussain Mahenti said that the provincial government has failed to control price hike in the province especially in Karachi, as the traders of essential food items have fixed price of fruits, vegetables and other food items as per their desires.

JI Chief demanded of the Commissioner Karachi to take steps for immediate resolution of the issues of the people and business community. TO a question, he said that profiteering and hoarding of basic items are also on the rise during holy Ramzan month and the people have been deprived of purchasing such daily items.

Karachi Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Qari Muhammad Usman while talking to The Nation said the government were fooling the masses with the announcements to provide relief to the people, reminding that the prices of diesel, petrol and CNG have already been raised before commencing the Ramadan month.

He added the Sindh government has failed to implement the official price list in the markets while shopkeepers and vendors were openly violating the price list and charging the people as per their own sweet will. He recalled the government ensured the masses that there would be no loadshedding during the Ramadan which seems to be lips service while government is not serious in providing any relief to the people.  

Similarly, Pakistan Sunni Tehreek (PST) Chief Sarwat Ijaz Qadri said that negligence of the authorities in implementing the price list in markets have annoyed the buyers, who demanded the provincial government to take notice of carelessness behavior of the authorities as shopkeepers have been looting the people by charging them extra. Like every year the announcements and direction were made but there was no result has been witnessed yet, said that PST chief.

He said that despite the tall claims of the authorities to provide relief to the masses, the wholesalers and retailers of fruits and vegetables were also enjoying a freehand and fleecing the consumers in the Ramadan. 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah recently directed the Karachi Commissioner, price control director, KMC administrator and others to to ensure implementation on the prices of commodities but all the authorities have been failed to control the prices.

Profiteers fined in Lakki: A team of food department headed by DFC Suhail Habib paid surprise inspection visit to several bazaars in Lakki city on Sunday to check the prices of daily use commodities.

The officials checked price lists and quality of displayed food items in the shops. During visits to general stores, bakeries and grocery shops they found official price list missing. They also went to the outlets of butchers and expressed their anguish over poor hygienic condition there.

They imposed fines on the violators and warned to avoid selling substandard food items. They also warned that traders and shopkeepers found involved in profiteering, hoarding and artificial price hike would face strict legal action.

Official reiterated that all-out efforts would be made to ensure provision of food items to the people at controlled rates during the holy month of Ramazan.