Hoarders make hay as supplies dwindle in capital’s markets

ISLAMABAD: Volatile political climate and blockade with containers are already taking the toll on residents of the federal capital as daily use commodities are either totally unavailable or in extremely short supply. The capitali’ites have been besieged by the government for almost a week. Being dependent on supplies either from the Punjab or Kyber Pakhtoonkhawa, Islamabad is facing shortage of tetra pack milk, bottled water, eggs and farm products. “Packaged milk and eggs are particularly are in high demand,” said general manager of a super store in F-6 market but requested not to be named. In various smaller markets, shopkeepers are complaining of hoarding who are charging them almost double prices instead of stock rates. Aslam Jadoon, a grocery store owner in NIH market, said, “I cannot afford the high price the hoarders are charging. In principle, I don’t sell any product on a price higher than the standard cost.” Aabpara Market, which may eventually be shut down due to Tehrik-e-Insaf’s sit in there, is devoid of basic commodities like flour, sugar, fruits and vegetables. Meanwhile, diplomats and other foreigners have exhausted supplies in three super stores in Kohsar Market and mini-stores in sector E-7. A wholesale supplier in Karachi company told Daily Times that without giving bribe to police manning the checkpoints near Rawalpindi as otherwise it is not possible to transport goods into the federal capital. He admitted over-charging for daily use commodities besides confirming that items such as dry milk, rice and wheat are in high demand nonetheless. Over the next few days, the capitaliítes are set to see worsening supply of commodities while increased demands with the presences of huge crowds of people participating in the twin rallies.

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