Karachi: Ameer Jamaat-e Islami Karachi Muhammad Hussain Mehanti has expressed his concern on price-hike befor the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, Mehanti demanded of the government to take concrete steps for the eradication of profiteering and for provisioning of relief to the masses in real form because the people had been sick of cosmetic measures regarding control of prices of common man’s commodities. He further demanded that the government should announce formation of special price control and anti-profiteering committees at the union council level. The committees should be comprising members from civil society with good reputation, representatives of political parties, government representatives, etc;
He said that government’s announcement for subsidizing common man’s goods with Rs2.5 billion should be monitored as the corrupt mafia would exploit that package of subsidy. The said subsidy would be only for the goods to be sold at the utility stores where the goods quality was compromised. Hence, the government should extend the subsidy to open markets so that the people could attain benefit of that subsidy package.
He regretfully said that the secular India offered relief to the Muslims in Ramadan but here in Pakistan, the profiteers had been operating without fear of the government. He said that the union council level committees should be formed immediately and given special powers.