A wave of inflation is sweeping across Pakistan, inflicting soaring prices on essential commodities and burdening the public with increased living costs. After a brief respite following government interventions, a renewed surge in inflation has hit citizens hard, particularly affecting vital items like vegetables, chicken, flour, and sugar.
In Karachi, the situation is dire as onion prices surged from Rs196 to Rs250 per kg, tomatoes climbed to Rs150 per kg from Rs106, and peas skyrocketed to Rs400 per kg from Rs238. The absence of rate lists in markets has exacerbated public frustration.
The story is no different in Lahore, where the middle class is struggling to afford daily necessities. Daal maash now costs Rs500, daal channa stands at Rs210, while rice and white gram have reached Rs320 and Rs300 per kg, respectively.
In Rawalpindi, chicken prices have defied official rates, adding to the overall economic strain faced by the populace. Meanwhile, in Multan, the price of eggs has risen sharply from Rs290 to Rs350 per dozen.
Peshawar has seen a significant hike in the cost of a 20kg bag of flour, climbing by Rs200 in just a month to reach Rs2,900 from Rs2,700. In Quetta, sugar prices have surged by Rs40 within a short period, reaching Rs180 per kg.
The steep increase in prices has triggered public outrage, with citizens demanding urgent government intervention to curb inflation and provide relief to the struggling population. The consistent surge in prices across various cities has amplified concerns about the economic strain on ordinary Pakistanis, prompting widespread calls for immediate action to alleviate their financial hardships.