The Government Vs Opposition in the case of Price Hikes.

The government claims to have taken a hard line towards sellers who are profiteering from raising prices of commodoties despite the city government fixing the prices by imposing fines on them and the opposition is crying foul play.

Decidedly the government probably won’t curb the rising prices much but one has to say that they are trying. And by setting complaint centres they’re doing something and taking some action. While the initiative taken is the right one, whether it’ll work is doubtful. The opposition on the other hand has decided to slam the government’s efforts like always where as they should have worked together with the government to control the rising prices. Do the vows of the opposition parties include a clause that says that they shall not support the government in any endeavor no matter how beneficial to the general public, come what may?

And while we may talk about people who fast or don’t fast, or the spirit of their fast, the fact remains that there are people in this city who are fasting and yet they dont have enough food on their table to open their fasts. And if the government’s initiative helps some of them then it would have atleast have done some good.

That said, has there ever been a drive where the government set up sehri/iftaar centres for the poor?

8 Comments so far

  1. Captain's Log (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 8:49 am

    Let me clear one thing , it’s not govt duty to feed people, instead govt. is there to provide means where people could meet their own needs but that is some other debate.The whole problem of Pakistan is that we don’t know what we are supposed to do and what govt. has to do.

    By the way, I believe there are many people who arranges iftars/sehries. Just go to any mosque. If you feel pain then send iftar to mosque every day. If you don’t do that today then you are hyprocite and then just start hating your self. If you do it already then good for you and please double the doze from today.

    The title of this post is wrong all together. It should be “Supply vs Demand”. We all know what I mean but who cares ? I have money and I could buy this whole world.

  2. Adnan (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 9:19 am

    Captain I agree with you. Karachi is very famous for people giving lots of charity and doing other social activities. We still have Burns Rd where hundreds of people are fed by several ‘Unknown’ people who spend money in name of Allah. There are other places too where poors can get free iftari.

    I agree with Captain. If you really have so much pain then spend iftari to any masjid in your area, send food to Edhi center rather spending money on Eid shopping. Doing nothing and lecturing us doesn’t make you good anyway.

    P.S: You lack lots of things about this city. Next time make some research before leaving any post here, otherwise you will also be not welcomed like Huma.

  3. Captain's Log (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 9:53 am

    Adnan , are you nuts ?? How could you assume that she does nothing ??

    There is a much difference in mine and yours comment. Please don’t say you agree with me. It degrades my comment too.

  4. Adnan (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 10:03 am

    Captain i dont need yours support, I was in agreement in you for the things you said, doesnt mean my whole post was based on your words. Yes she doesn’t do research.

  5. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 11:56 am

    Annoying Knock on your car windows and metal rings scratching your car & windows in case windows are tinted. at any given traffic signal / round about of Karachi is MENACE.

    It is not only beggers, it is road side stalls illegal parking stands and PAN Cabin on the road which are chaos for the traffic as well as civic amenities.

    Area police station / Police Pickets are selling the spots to highest bidders.

    PSP officers may totally deny this CHARGE, but the Rankers & NON Police academy Officers will smile & never deny, instead submit a VALID excuse SIR Thana Ka daily khurcha, stationery diesel petrol lock-up ka ration bhi tou chalana hota hai. Sarkar sai keya milta hai Sarkar ko maloom hai. Afsaran ay Bala ka hukum hota hai, Efficiency bhi tou dekhani hotia hai.

  6. Extiinct (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

    Umm…we all know that NGO’s work harder during Ramazan to ease the plight of the poor. I was wondering if the Government did anything similar instead of just trying to curb prices that don’t come under their control.

    Key word being government here.

  7. sooban (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

    meaning : to oppose.

    in our case, to oppose the govt.


  8. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 9:25 am

    sehri ifftari for needy, it is not governments’ job. no where in the islamic world it happens.

    The only thing Govt does is – Subsidise the stuff and ensure smooth supply of commodities through out ramzan. Public and the prosperious individuals does that – and it happens in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sukker, Multan, etc as well.

    we all talk about government & good governance, what good we are contributing to help / support the govt. (right from 1947 till date)

    how many of us ever “tried” to be good citizens and excercise our right thinking that it is to support the ruling govt.

    seems like public is the largest opposition to the whichever ruling government when it comes to “HOW GOOD WE ARE FOR RIGHTS OUR COUNTRY HAVE ON US”, we talk about freedom and criticize the ruling government. Did we ever supported the ruling government, NO WE NEVER DID.

    No matter who is in power, when it comes to expression we quietly watch others burning down the public property, damage the traffic lights, blocking the roads and harrasing in general, in all terrorising the most simple and innoccent public.

    Consider – A lone traffic constable at any intersection is HELPLESS because the motorcyclist (most rowdy public), the Car drivers (bit sensible mediocres) does not give a heed to his hand signals. Think he is Government trying to help us for smooth of traffic, – as public do we care for his orders,?

    I saw on GEO – Utility Stores customers plight. Well, the staff was not wrong, neither was the public. Staff asked for Q to enter the store, Crowd wish to storm and enter the store., The Staff closed the store, putting up a sign “time khatam ho gaya”.

    We do not want to adopt a system and yet complaint failure of system, who is responsible. GOVT ?? or US ??

    Apply this rule on all walks of life and see where we stand, as a nation we are Urchins of lowest cadre, clueless about system, and our direction for future.

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