New Delhi: A Pakistani minister courted controversy when he asked people to consume less of those ingredients whose prices have seen a hike.
According to Geo News, Gilgit-Baltistan Minister Ali Amin Gandapur, while addressing a public meeting on Wednesday, spoke on inflation in Pakistan and suggested that people should reduce their sugar and flour consumption amid rising prices. “If people use less sugar, their tea won’t taste less sweet (if 9 grains of sugar are reduced instead of adding 100 grains of sugar to the tea, it won’t make the tea less sweet)”, he said.
The minister further said, “If there is 9 percent inflation then can I not sacrifice so much for my community, my children. For the freedom of Pakistan and to save our children from slavery, we have to sacrifice. Now you guys this A decision has to be taken.”
Gandapur also held the rulers responsible for the present situation. Pakistan. He said that “our ancestors sacrificed a lot to get an independent state, but the rulers took loans, did not pay them and left the country in debt.”
Quoting data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), Geo News reported that consumer goods prices rose further in September as inflation rose to 9% from 8.4% in August.
Whereas on a monthly basis, inflation increased by 2.1% due to changes in three indices – food, housing and construction.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Awami National Party (ANP) launched a hunger strike camp against the Imran Khan government, claiming that they did not fulfill the promises made during the general election, as reported by ANI.
Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, a senior leader of the Pashtun Nationalist Party, said that the prices of food items, petroleum products and other daily use items have almost doubled under the Imran Khan government.
(with agency input)