PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Thereek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) “Azadi and revolution marches” caused financial loss to the business community and compounded the miseries of the common people.
It is worth mentioning here that not only the elected member national assembly (MNAs) of the PTI were participating in the pary’s sit-in against the Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz (PML-N)-led federal government while the Chief Minster and most of his cabinet members were in Islamabad to participate in the Azadi march.
Talking to Dateline Peshawar here Wednesday, Shakeel Farman, 40 resident of Peshawar, said the offices of provincial ministers were reportedly closed owing to their participation in the “Azad March” that had multiplied people hardships.
Shakeel said only ministers belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islami were attending their offices and listening and resolving to the problems being faced by the people. “No minister or MPAs was available in Peshawar at the time when torrential rain had lashed various parts of the provincial metropolis, leaving 18 persons dead and score others injured” he stated.
Nadir Khan, resident of Buner, said the prices of daily commodities in various markets in KP in general while in Peshawar in particular has increased, adding the shopkeepers have started selling edibles at self-fixed prices.
Regarding the PTI call for civil disobedience, Nadir said the collection of levy was a provincial subject after the passage of the 18th amendment, adding the move would further complicated the prevailing financial crises and shaky economy.
Responding to a query, he said the business related activities were adversely affected by the “Azadi March” and subsequent blockade of roads. “The traders do not import items of daily use from neighboring India to Pakistan,” he added.
He said even people from KP avoid visits to Islamabad if they have no important work due to the fear and uncertainty in the country, he informed.
President Food Grain Dealer Association Haji Rambil said the long and revolution marches and blockade of roads for indefinite time would lead to flour shortage in KP.
“KP depends on Punjab’s flour and if these sit-ins are extended, a severe flour crisis would emerge in the next few days in the province,” he feared.
He said about 100 trucks loaded with flour sacks transport flour to Peshawar and elsewhere in the province on daily basis.
KP people would suffer the most if the tension arises in the backdrop of the PTI and PAT “long and revolution marches was not defused in Islamabad, Haji added.