KARACHI: The rising inflation, deteriorating law and order situation, exploiting behaviour of law enforcement agencies and most particularly unexceptional decline in rupee value have forced a number of Bangladeshi immigrants to go back their homeland.
Since the creation of Bangladesh after separation from Pakistan, a number of Bangladeshi citizens migrated to Pakistan to earn bread and butter for their families. In seek of better earning options, a large number of youth have reached Pakistan through legal or illegal channels till last few years. However, the dramatic changes in Pakistan economy and difference between Pakistan and Bangladesh currency have turned the mind of hundreds of Bangladeshi.
The Bangladeshi people, who are running thousand of pan and burger shops while many are serving duties as cook at homes now wants to go back their home.
Unfolding tale to Daily Times, 28-year-old Mohammad Ali said, “I am running my own ‘pan shop’ but despite own business, I am unable to send enough money to my parents because of inflation, deteriorating law and order situation and difference between Pakistani and Bangladeshi currency. I came Karachi in 2002 on a work permit so that I could support my family with better earning owing to at that time Pakistani rupee value was much higher than ours. I want to go back homeland as soon as possible but my financial condition is not allowing me to even bear travelling expenses.”
He alleged, he pays Rs 500 every month to police so that he could work without any inconvenience. I am not the only one who pays extortion, all the people who run their small business at roadsides do the same, he said.
His monthly income revolves around Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 and in this amount, saving is almost challenging for him. Ali was of the view from last couple of months he was looking someone who could buy his shop so that he could go back to his homeland.
My family is pressurising me now to come back, as there is nothing beneficial except loss by continuing to live here, Ali asserted.
When the federal government announced to conduct paramilitary operation in Karachi to enforce law. Law enforcement agencies started to tease us in sake of money. “Many friends were picked by police with blame of illegal immigrants and later they were released after paying heavy amount.”
Younus a burger seller at a Gulshan-e-Iqbal street said, “I am very happy because I am going back to my homeland at the end of March.”
Younus has sold out his burger vendor to his another Bangladeshi friend.
“I worked hard here to earn money but from last five to six years massive inflation has destroyed business. In 2004, I used to buy all the ingredients needed to make a burger for only Rs 500 a day while now the same ingredients I buy for Rs 3,500 per day,” he said. He informed he started to sell a burger in Rs 8 but now the same burger was of Rs 40 but the profit has decreased substantially, if five years ago he earned Rs 900 to Rs 1000 a day excluding expenses, now he earned merely Rs 400 a day.
Keeping in mind the growing inflation and very little profit, the vendor had decided to go back to his homeland.
Due to less profit, I was unable to even go back but lately my friend has showed interest in buying my vendor. I will handover my business to him as he is providing me a ticket of Bangladesh and Rs 15,000 cash, he said.
Now only those Bangladeshis wanted to live here, were here with families while others wanted to go back, he concluded.
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