Amid mounting inflation, a video has surfaced of a Pakistani woman describing skyrocketing prices of medicines, groceries and electricity in the country, especially in the city of Karachi, and criticizing Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz.
Pakistan is grappling with a crippling economic crisis and mounting political unrest casts doubt on the government’s ability to make tough decisions. Pakistani citizens are delivering on their financial promises online, criticizing the country’s prime minister for not doing anything to help the masses.
The video was shared by Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir.
A video is going viral in Pakistan showing a Karachi woman crushing the government after skyrocketing inflation. The woman asks the government if she should end the lives of her children by no longer feeding them, The News International reports.
The woman, identified as Rabia from Karachi, could be seen crying and complaining about the financial difficulties she faced after the rise in inflation.
She said the rulers should tell her how to manage her expenses after the prices of essential goods rose.
“What should I do, pay house rent, high electricity bills, buy milk and medicine for my children, feed my children or should I kill them?” she asked in the video, quoted by The News International.
سے تعلق رکھنے والی ایک ماں نے حکمرانوں کو اپنا بجلی کا بل اور کچن کے لئے اشیاء کی خریداری کا بل دکھا کر کچھ سوال پوچھے میں نے یہ سوال مفتاح اسماعیل کو بھیج دئیے مفتاح صاحب نے جواب بھجوا دیا ماں لیں pic.twitter.com/THahmjAjUL
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) August 9, 2022
Rabia, who has two children, said one of her children has convulsions as prices of drugs for his treatment have risen over the past four months.
“Can I avoid having to buy medicine for my child?” she asked further. “The government almost killed the poor people. Are you really afraid of being questioned by Allah Almighty or not?”
Responding to her video, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail defended the country’s economic situation on Tuesday. He clarified that the government did not raise the electricity tariff in June, nor did it impose any new taxes on medicines.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s coalition government, which took over in April 2022, is grappling with multiple political and economic crises. The current account deficit has risen to $17.4 billion or 4.6 percent of the economy’s size in the past fiscal year due to the widening trade deficit.
A widening current account deficit amid declining dollar inflows from multilateral and bilateral lenders, as well as dwindling foreign investment, has put huge pressure on foreign exchange reserves and the rupee in recent months.
It has fueled rapid inflation, forced the State Bank to drive up borrowing costs to multi-year highs and eroded investor confidence in the economy.
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