Citizens of the capital urged the authorities concerned to take strict action against profiteers and hoarders, which are burdening the middle classes in particular. They blamed the district administration for not controlling prices in the open market saying that the price list issued by the authorities was not in effect in any of the shops.
“Nowadays, wholesalers and retailers, particularly of fruits and vegetables, were enjoying a free hand to fleece the consumers even on the Sunday bazaars the prices of vegetables and fruits continued their upward trend”, said a house wife. She added that Sasta Bazaars could only be useful if prices were checked by the administration and stern action was taken against the profiteers.
Apples are being sold between 200 to 250 kg, bananas (first class) Rs 150 to 200 dozen, strawberry Rs 200 per kg to 250 and oranges special between Rs 140 to 180 per dozen. Similarly vegetables tomato being sold Rs 160 in retailer shops, ginger and garlic 200 Rs per kg, green chili Rs 280 while chicken is being sold Rs 180 in the different markets of Islamabad.
[ 100 Pakistan rupees = 0.63 Euros ]