Who is really responsible?

Everybody is feeling the brunt of the recent flour crisis in the country. The govt. declared a surplus against a deficit which was occurring every year, made a blunder and hoarders, trying to make a buck, started hoarding excess wheat.

The result? No wheat to reach the masses where price of roti went up to Rs. 5, and price of bakery items are increasing. However, it begs one important question.. who is really responsible for the crisis?

A summary analysis of a recent news article on increased prices of bakery items shows the following statements

“What exactly does the government want and why are they doing all these things?” asks a KESC employee, however, think in the following terms.

Who are the ones ‘actually’ increasing?
[Bakeries] will raise the prices they charge for products such as coconut biscuits, pastries and bread – and also of those that do not use flour such as chips and some types of nimco.

And…
[T]he hoarders got the opportunity to hide the stock, which led to such a huge price increase that now nobody can do much about it

Hence,
Are we legitimizing hoarding? What happened to helping your fellow man? Coming together in times of need? Or even conducting business legally? Last i heard, hoarding common food items was illegal.

And lastly,
Why are we so quick to blame the government, yet allow traders and manufacturers to flex their muscles?

37 Comments so far

  1. Pkhan (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 6:48 pm

    People, Awaam and awaam,,where are all those Investigative reporters? why they can not Expose the PEOPLE who are hoarding to get higher prices?Why People are Smuggling wheat to Afghanistan? If any one to blame is our General Illitrate Public?


  2. Pkhan (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 6:51 pm

    DO NOT BUY ATTA JUST FOR ONE DAY<YOU WILL SEE PRICES TUMBLING down ward in a matter of days.


  3. binary-zero (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

    According to today’s newspapers – YOU ME and our QOOM are responsible for this all (by Wazeer-e-Khoraq)

    Reference: http://www.express.com.pk


  4. SS (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 8:15 pm

    It is indeed the government who is to be blamed for the hike in prices in Pakistan. Before it was only Pakistan that was dependent on country’s produced and now it is thousands of international military personnel in Afghanistan that depends on the logistic supplies from Pakistan. I won’t call this an artificial shortage rather it is a real shortage in Pakistan because items of basic commodities are being supplied to Afghanistan in the name of logistic support and charging the forces at international rates and making big dollars out of it. Who is the real beneficiary of this revenue is a big question mark the government, the GHQ or the common man in Pakistan. The brunt as a result of prices increase in Pakistan is passed on to the poor people of Pakistan who are suffering from this shortage.
    I read in the newspaper someone claiming that the price of Atta is the cheapest in Pakistan when compared to the world prices. Can some one answer also the basic question whether the earnings of the poor masses in Pakistan are also in line with the world standard?


  5. Rizwan (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

    an american says: in our country a boy was born without legs we gave him that and he is the fastest runner

    an russian says: in our country a boy was born without arms he is a boxer now

    an Pakistani says: a boy was born without a brain we put a army cap on him he is our president now


  6. asa (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 9:09 pm

    yeah pakistani be kitne jahil he

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/story/2008/01/080107_aamir_shaukat_si.shtml

    shortcut aziz napak army pet has left country ,responsible of all crisis is enjoying in Manhattan


  7. balma (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

    Asa,
    I can’t believe BBC standards have gone down to such level. As you know the writer of this article claims that even the best nations wouldn’t give more than 5 %. Now anyone with even a little knowledge of banking will know that people with bad credit histories (in this case Paksitan) will have have to pay higher interest rate. Therefore, I don’t know the actual numbers, but yes indeed….Pakistanion kay kartoot aisay hai’n, Pakistan will HAVE to give interest at higher rate to sell its bonds…. otherwise why won’t I buy German bonds at the same rate.
    Stupid Chowdhri writer at BBC!

    Chowdhri is my new way of referring to chay vows.
    (C) copy rights with Balma.


  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 12:45 am

    According to Jang, Shaukat Aziz is establishing an Investment company in UAE.He has planned to lead rest of his life in uAE.

    @BZ: Wazeer-e-Khorak is 100%. It’s our fault that we tolerate corrupt dictators,politicians and then whine about our issues. Pakistanis are getting what they actually deserve. They are still not learning a lesson.


  9. SS-Sr (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 1:05 am

    @Rizwan… Excellent joke :)


  10. Lakhani (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 1:22 am

    yesss indoos are very happy these days seeing the troubles in Pakistan.

    Even the best movie doesn’t get them so happy as watching the situation in Pakistan.

    We miss Zia-ul-Haq, who had indoos chew ‘iron-chick-peas’ :)…

    We need a dictator like or better than ZIA.


  11. This indian is so happy that pakistan is breaking (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 1:32 am

    “Even the best movie doesn’t get them so happy as watching the situation in Pakistan.”

    Deriving pleasure from movies – well we leave that to Pakis who salivate at Bollywood movies. Has there been creatures as shameless as Pakis who watch the movies of their enemies and then hate them for being so much better.


  12. Pkhan (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 1:41 am

    @ this Indian Agent
    Whats your name or you was Born on street of Bombay ? where 8million people and family sleep on road side footpaths> Are you one of those without names?


  13. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 3:41 am

    @Happy Indian… well if pakistan destabilizes then your happiness would be short lived.. india would not last even a decade after that.. it’ll divide into atleast ten pieces minimum … mark my words..


  14. This indian is so happy that pakistan is breaking (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 4:19 am

    Doctor Sahib,

    What makes you think that India will suffer if Pakistan disintegrates? Unless you think India is also an Islamic country.

    Pakistan’s problem is due to islam and islam only.
    Instead of focusing on how to improve your life, all you are doing is praying to some useless allah who is only too happy to see you f***d.


  15. PAKIS THE BEST (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 4:25 am

    We need this Indian aka “Dumwit” here more often.

    He/she or ulloo brings us together.

    Indian(dont hate us because we are beautiful)
    Go copy some more western themes and dance like
    Micheal Jackson or Grease in every frikin movie!


  16. This indian is so happy that pakistan is breaking (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 4:31 am

    PAKIS THE BEST????

    Only in terrorism. That I agree. No one can beat you in terrorism.

    “Go copy some more western themes and dance like
    Micheal Jackson or Grease in every frikin movie!”

    And you go and watch the same frikin movie, like
    all Pakis. isn’t watching bollywood movies the national pastime of fuc**g pakis. How pathetic must be your taste to consume our pulp.


  17. PAKIS THE BEST (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 5:12 am

    Terrorism? Yes we do that and everything at BEST. All the KHANs are humping your whores.
    Pathetic? very pathetic. Worth throwing up!


  18. This Indian pities Pakis (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 6:17 am

    Last I checked those Khans are Indians. Are you Pakis so desperate to start counting Indian heros as
    your own, or does that tell something about the state of Pakistan.


  19. PAKI (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 9:55 am

    Well khans are muslims by birth (not after what they are doing now). thats for sure.


  20. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 11:20 am

    @Indian bhai, we might have several issues with us, just like yours. Atleast we “pakis” are united against Hindu’s Banya pan and chichor pan. You might have forgot u guys are called “Macacca” by Americans. :-)

    By the way, are you guys still crying after getting raped by Australians? last time I checked you guys were burning your stuff after offensive defeat?


  21. MB (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

    @PKHAN @BALMA

    I guess the BBC article is one of the best in a long time. It perfectly portrays the ground reality in a simple way so as to not offend the thieves.

    Its conclusion is simple that this government just like all previous ones consists(ed) of selfish looters and corrupt to core men at top. They robbed us of everything and made fortunes.

    So we people cry foul over BB and NAWAZ i dont understand.

    With so many scandals and crisis as medals PERVEZ bhai and SHAUKAT bhai deserve an accolade.

    As for MANSOORs question in post that why we blame government i fully agree to his views ( and others too) regarding some other responsible people behind this but it all goes way up the the PM and PRESIDENT house.

    When its about POWER and KURSI our president resorts all means to get his work done but when its about the poor man, he doesnt even bother paying attention. All he and his media team does it issue a ridiculous statement while the thieves sit right next to their kursi.

    I dont have the link to the NEWS item mentioning that majority of the people behind these crisis (sugar flour etc.) are the men related to people in power. Their friends, relatives etc.

    There was a list of 65 people which was suppose to be made public but guess who forced it to be thrown at the backyard.

    You know what i mean and you know why

    Got your answers mansoor?

    As for the people. Well they are bunch of donkeys and dumbas being led by a fox-clan. You cannot expect them to behave like a civilized world.

    We here at KMB are mostly unaware of what its like dying for food. Ask those who dont have anything to eat and then people should start preaching on morals.

    Hunger makes you forget your faith, its that ugly an evil. Guys like us sitting in ACs with laptops preach the public about civilized world.

    huh!!


  22. This Indian pities Pakis (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

    “Well khans are muslims by birth (not after what they are doing now). thats for sure.”

    Yeah so. Why are pakis happy about Bollywood Khans.

    Adnan bhai: It seems the whole world is united against Paki chichorapan. Just count the count the number of anti pak articles in newsweek, WSJ, NYT.


  23. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

    Salute MB,

    [ 2 taps on your shoulder ]

    2008 and you are acting sober wise & unbiased, Keep it up.

    Am with you, when it is about curbing inflation and price control for daily commodities no one cares, but when it is about own b u tt and control, whole judiciary is made peacock by inserting jharoo of emergency in theirs.


  24. thinker (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

    regarding this paki-indian debate, i am a pakistani and i detest the influx of indian stuff onto pakistani culture, but i dont understand why every Pakistani hates them yet watch their movies religiously and dote on their culture as well, its so stupid and hypocrite! and what is that with taking pride on some “Muslim-by-birth” Indian? the most of us are real losers! no wonder the world laughs and finds it amusing to observe how we axe our own roots! we have a serious identity crisis to be honest!


  25. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

    Indian – TKML – decipher it with some pandit, who can read write sanskirat. — in street lingo it is Ta_r_e K_ _s mai _ _ _d

    Pakistan means Stable subcontinent & its economy, if India wish to exist in its current geographical shape with all the attrocities to minorities censored, Pakistan is inevitable for India.

    Rest assured Bharat will collapse to 17(seventeen) states by 2025 – may you live that long


  26. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

    @Indian: who cares about so called articles? We also here lots of lame articles how your elderly shilpa was screwed up in a British Program or how your IT professionals were kicked out from America and Canada or how most of American companies have stopped giving outsourced work to India due to poor quality and commitment.

    Those who live ni glass house don’t throw stones on others. Grow up and better concentrate on your own problems rather poking your nose here and there. Tumhari apni itni problems hain k agar tum ghor karo tu dar k maray tumhari Lungi dheeli hojaye. Don’t become an entertaining clown for others.


  27. thinker (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

    => Jamal Shamsi, wouldn’t it be better to worry about Pakistan first? rather than predicting what’s going to happen with India? Pakistan is facing the worst crisis since Fall of Dhaka!


  28. This Indian pities Pakis (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

    abey adnan,

    This is what pakis are famous for.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=506841&in_page_id=1770

    Yes India has problems, even superpower US has problems (currently housing, mortgage crisis, impending recession). You can’t divert attention by mentioning India’s problem. India’s problem does not affect other countries. Pakistan’s problem affects everyone since everyone is a potential terrorist there.

    “how your IT professionals were kicked out from America and Canada or how most of American companies have stopped giving outsourced work to India due to poor quality and commitment.”

    wishful thinking eh? Your govt declared a war on India in IT and lost out so badly that 1971 war defeat looks like a victory.


  29. New York times (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    Funny how wishful bad thinking about India gives these pakis an ejaculation. FYI , IT exports from India is worth $40 billion dollars. How much is Pakistan. Some say 140 million, others put max at 1 Billion dollar.
    India also has non IT exports like auto parts exports, even steel worth around 70 billion dollars. Indian cars are being exported to eastern europe and now companies like Suzuki are opening up plants for making cars exclusive for Europe.

    Pakistan also exports but what? Mangoes, low end apparel.

    Until Pakis admit that they have lost the economic race with India and that too badly, they can’t even plan how to correct themselves. Merely hating India’s progress is not going to help. Actually doing something about your own progress *may* help.


  30. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

    endless lose ends.!


  31. New York Times (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 6:29 pm

    “Pakistan means Stable subcontinent & its economy, if India wish to exist in its current geographical shape with all the attrocities to minorities censored, Pakistan is inevitable for India.”

    Can you translate this drivel please. East and West pakistan were cut off in 1971, that didn’t do a jackshit to India. What makes you think further division of Pakistan will harm India.


  32. New York Times (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 6:39 pm

    “regarding this paki-indian debate, i am a pakistani and i detest the influx of indian stuff onto pakistani culture, but i dont understand why every Pakistani hates them yet watch their movies religiously and dote on their culture as well, its so stupid and hypocrite! and what is that with taking pride on some “Muslim-by-birth” Indian? the most of us are real losers! no wonder the world laughs and finds it amusing to observe how we axe our own roots! we have a serious identity crisis to be honest!”

    You have an identity crisis because you are following an alien culture, alien religion. Islam is arab pigs culture and religion. Your forefathers were forced to convert by Islam. While your religion officially changed, you can not change thousands of years of your culture. The pakistan as it exists today was once part of great pre-islamic civilization. One Chinese who visted your area during the days of Gandharva era, praised the society, specially the role of women. Look where are women today in pakistan.

    Islam, the religion for Pigs, forbids music etc. Why are Pakis so much interested in Bollywood music. Why are there paki rock bands like Junoon? It is because Indian civilization places great importance to music.

    The sooner you dismantle this religion and hand it over back to arab pigs, the better for you.


  33. PAKISTANI (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 6:41 pm

    @New York Times
    yar kia india ke blogs main koi nahein ata jo tum yahan moun marne aa gaey ho.


  34. Critic (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

    @NYT,

    I got to admit that you have a point.

    Why we Pakistanis delude that we have a distinct culture from Indians just because we are not Hindus. Whether we accept it in public or not, but the fact remains that we are attached to Indian culture like a unborn child is attached to its mother via the umbilical chord.


  35. balma (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 8:06 pm

    MB, regarding the BBC article, did you realy try to understand my point?
    Do you think people will buy Pakistan’s bonds (i.e. lend money to Paksitan) at a lower rate of return than say Germany’s or Holland’s? Sure, indeed, zaahir hae, Paksitan has to give higher rate of return if they want to borrow money in the international market. You know that Pakistan and Paksitanis don’t have a very good reputation in the international financial markets!
    Stay away from reading stupid chowdhryaapay kay jamati style articles.


  36. Self (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 9:43 pm

    I just got this in email from someone.

    This pretty much sums up why Pakistan is in such a bad shape. We have no one else to blame except ourselves.

    http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/jan08/Pakistan_Jan08_rpt.pdf


  37. Hassan Abbas (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 1:26 am

    I also had posted an article here



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