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Non-issue number 1: Will the MNAs, MPAs and senators belonging to the PPP tender their resignations? Non-issue number 2: Will the PDM undertake a ‘long march’ towards Islamabad? Non-issue number 3: Will the PDM stay united?
Real issue number 1: In about two years, the price of flour has gone up from Rs35 per kg to Rs70 per kg. To be certain, a hundred percent increase in the price of flour over a two-year period has never ever happened in our 73-year economic history. This 100 percent rise cannot be termed ‘inflation’. This is either gross supply-chain mismanagement or corruption or both.
For the record, each Pakistani on average consumes 115 kg of flour per year for a total of 26 million tons. Collectively, 220 million Pakistanis used to buy their flour requirement for Rs850 billion but this year they had to cough out Rs1,800 billion. The real issue is: Where did the additional Rs950 billion go? The real issue is: Who made Rs950 billion? The real question is: Has anyone been arrested?
Real issue number 2: In about two years, the price of sugar has gone up from Rs55 per kg to Rs90 per kg. To be certain, a 60 percent increase in the price of sugar over a two-year period has never ever happened in our 73-year economic history. This 60 percent rise cannot be termed ‘inflation’. This is either gross supply-chain mismanagement or corruption or both.
For the record, each Pakistani on average consumes 25 kg of sugar per year for a total of 5.6 million tons. Collectively, 220 million Pakistanis used to buy their sugar requirement for Rs300 billion but this year they had to cough out Rs500 billion. The real issue is: Where did the additional Rs200 billion go? The real issue is: Who made Rs200 billion? The real question is: Has anyone been arrested?
Real issue number 3: In about two years, the price of electricity (inclusive of all taxes) has gone up from Rs11 per unit to Rs25 per unit. To be certain, such a massive increase has never ever happened in our 73-year economic history. To be fair, PPAs (power purchase agreements) were signed by the PML-N government and the PTI government cannot be held responsible for the exorbitantly high price contracted. But, the circular debt has gone from Rs1,100 billion in August 2018 to Rs2,400 billion and around Rs250 billion worth of electricity is still being stolen. No reforms whatsoever.
Real issue number 4: Public Sector Enterprises continue to be a burden – Rs1,800 billion a year, every year. Real issue number 5: A couple of billion dollars worth of natural gas is stolen a year, every year. Real issue number 6: PASSCO loses a hundred billion a year, every year. Real issue number 7: Public debt is rising faster than ever before. Real issue number 8: Per capita income is declining like never before.
The opposition’s only goal is: to bring down the PTI government. Lo and behold, the PTI government’s only goal is: to crush the opposition. The real goal – both for the government and the opposition – should be unconditional political reconciliation in order to solve Pakistan’s real issues. At this point in time, the mother of all issues is: Where will Pakistan be in two and a half years if the PTI fails to mend its ways and correct its course?

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad.
Email: farrukh15@hotmail.com Twitter: @saleemfarrukh

 

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Non-issue number 1: Will the MNAs, MPAs and senators belonging to the PPP tender their resignations? Non-issue number 2: Will the PDM undertake a ‘long march’ towards Islamabad? Non-issue number 3: Will the PDM stay united?
Real issue number 1: In about two years, the price of flour has gone up from Rs35 per kg to Rs70 per kg. To be certain, a hundred percent increase in the price of flour over a two-year period has never ever happened in our 73-year economic history. This 100 percent rise cannot be termed ‘inflation’. This is either gross supply-chain mismanagement or corruption or both.
For the record, each Pakistani on average consumes 115 kg of flour per year for a total of 26 million tons. Collectively, 220 million Pakistanis used to buy their flour requirement for Rs850 billion but this year they had to cough out Rs1,800 billion. The real issue is: Where did the additional Rs950 billion go? The real issue is: Who made Rs950 billion? The real question is: Has anyone been arrested?
Real issue number 2: In about two years, the price of sugar has gone up from Rs55 per kg to Rs90 per kg. To be certain, a 60 percent increase in the price of sugar over a two-year period has never ever happened in our 73-year economic history. This 60 percent rise cannot be termed ‘inflation’. This is either gross supply-chain mismanagement or corruption or both.
For the record, each Pakistani on average consumes 25 kg of sugar per year for a total of 5.6 million tons. Collectively, 220 million Pakistanis used to buy their sugar requirement for Rs300 billion but this year they had to cough out Rs500 billion. The real issue is: Where did the additional Rs200 billion go? The real issue is: Who made Rs200 billion? The real question is: Has anyone been arrested?
Real issue number 3: In about two years, the price of electricity (inclusive of all taxes) has gone up from Rs11 per unit to Rs25 per unit. To be certain, such a massive increase has never ever happened in our 73-year economic history. To be fair, PPAs (power purchase agreements) were signed by the PML-N government and the PTI government cannot be held responsible for the exorbitantly high price contracted. But, the circular debt has gone from Rs1,100 billion in August 2018 to Rs2,400 billion and around Rs250 billion worth of electricity is still being stolen. No reforms whatsoever.
Real issue number 4: Public Sector Enterprises continue to be a burden – Rs1,800 billion a year, every year. Real issue number 5: A couple of billion dollars worth of natural gas is stolen a year, every year. Real issue number 6: PASSCO loses a hundred billion a year, every year. Real issue number 7: Public debt is rising faster than ever before. Real issue number 8: Per capita income is declining like never before.
The opposition’s only goal is: to bring down the PTI government. Lo and behold, the PTI government’s only goal is: to crush the opposition. The real goal – both for the government and the opposition – should be unconditional political reconciliation in order to solve Pakistan’s real issues. At this point in time, the mother of all issues is: Where will Pakistan be in two and a half years if the PTI fails to mend its ways and correct its course?

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad.
Email: farrukh15@hotmail.com Twitter: @saleemfarrukh

Inflation is not the real issue. It is the natural consequence of import led economy by absconder Ishaq Dollar
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Non-issue number 1: Will the MNAs, MPAs and senators belonging to the PPP tender their resignations? Non-issue number 2: Will the PDM undertake a ‘long march’ towards Islamabad? Non-issue number 3: Will the PDM stay united?
Real issue number 1: In about two years, the price of flour has gone up from Rs35 per kg to Rs70 per kg. To be certain, a hundred percent increase in the price of flour over a two-year period has never ever happened in our 73-year economic history. This 100 percent rise cannot be termed ‘inflation’. This is either gross supply-chain mismanagement or corruption or both.
For the record, each Pakistani on average consumes 115 kg of flour per year for a total of 26 million tons. Collectively, 220 million Pakistanis used to buy their flour requirement for Rs850 billion but this year they had to cough out Rs1,800 billion. The real issue is: Where did the additional Rs950 billion go? The real issue is: Who made Rs950 billion? The real question is: Has anyone been arrested?
Real issue number 2: In about two years, the price of sugar has gone up from Rs55 per kg to Rs90 per kg. To be certain, a 60 percent increase in the price of sugar over a two-year period has never ever happened in our 73-year economic history. This 60 percent rise cannot be termed ‘inflation’. This is either gross supply-chain mismanagement or corruption or both.
For the record, each Pakistani on average consumes 25 kg of sugar per year for a total of 5.6 million tons. Collectively, 220 million Pakistanis used to buy their sugar requirement for Rs300 billion but this year they had to cough out Rs500 billion. The real issue is: Where did the additional Rs200 billion go? The real issue is: Who made Rs200 billion? The real question is: Has anyone been arrested?
Real issue number 3: In about two years, the price of electricity (inclusive of all taxes) has gone up from Rs11 per unit to Rs25 per unit. To be certain, such a massive increase has never ever happened in our 73-year economic history. To be fair, PPAs (power purchase agreements) were signed by the PML-N government and the PTI government cannot be held responsible for the exorbitantly high price contracted. But, the circular debt has gone from Rs1,100 billion in August 2018 to Rs2,400 billion and around Rs250 billion worth of electricity is still being stolen. No reforms whatsoever.
Real issue number 4: Public Sector Enterprises continue to be a burden – Rs1,800 billion a year, every year. Real issue number 5: A couple of billion dollars worth of natural gas is stolen a year, every year. Real issue number 6: PASSCO loses a hundred billion a year, every year. Real issue number 7: Public debt is rising faster than ever before. Real issue number 8: Per capita income is declining like never before.
The opposition’s only goal is: to bring down the PTI government. Lo and behold, the PTI government’s only goal is: to crush the opposition. The real goal – both for the government and the opposition – should be unconditional political reconciliation in order to solve Pakistan’s real issues. At this point in time, the mother of all issues is: Where will Pakistan be in two and a half years if the PTI fails to mend its ways and correct its course?

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad.
Email: farrukh15@hotmail.com Twitter: @saleemfarrukh

Isnt this the same guy who showed loans in Rs just to potray that Khan took more loans than PMLN ?
Real issues

Non-issue number 1: Will the MNAs, MPAs and senators belonging to the PPP tender their resignations? Non-issue number 2: Will the PDM undertake a ‘long march’ towards Islamabad? Non-issue number 3: Will the PDM stay united?
Real issue number 1: In about two years, the price of flour has gone up from Rs35 per kg to Rs70 per kg. To be certain, a hundred percent increase in the price of flour over a two-year period has never ever happened in our 73-year economic history. This 100 percent rise cannot be termed ‘inflation’. This is either gross supply-chain mismanagement or corruption or both.
For the record, each Pakistani on average consumes 115 kg of flour per year for a total of 26 million tons. Collectively, 220 million Pakistanis used to buy their flour requirement for Rs850 billion but this year they had to cough out Rs1,800 billion. The real issue is: Where did the additional Rs950 billion go? The real issue is: Who made Rs950 billion? The real question is: Has anyone been arrested?
Real issue number 2: In about two years, the price of sugar has gone up from Rs55 per kg to Rs90 per kg. To be certain, a 60 percent increase in the price of sugar over a two-year period has never ever happened in our 73-year economic history. This 60 percent rise cannot be termed ‘inflation’. This is either gross supply-chain mismanagement or corruption or both.
For the record, each Pakistani on average consumes 25 kg of sugar per year for a total of 5.6 million tons. Collectively, 220 million Pakistanis used to buy their sugar requirement for Rs300 billion but this year they had to cough out Rs500 billion. The real issue is: Where did the additional Rs200 billion go? The real issue is: Who made Rs200 billion? The real question is: Has anyone been arrested?
Real issue number 3: In about two years, the price of electricity (inclusive of all taxes) has gone up from Rs11 per unit to Rs25 per unit. To be certain, such a massive increase has never ever happened in our 73-year economic history. To be fair, PPAs (power purchase agreements) were signed by the PML-N government and the PTI government cannot be held responsible for the exorbitantly high price contracted. But, the circular debt has gone from Rs1,100 billion in August 2018 to Rs2,400 billion and around Rs250 billion worth of electricity is still being stolen. No reforms whatsoever.
Real issue number 4: Public Sector Enterprises continue to be a burden – Rs1,800 billion a year, every year. Real issue number 5: A couple of billion dollars worth of natural gas is stolen a year, every year. Real issue number 6: PASSCO loses a hundred billion a year, every year. Real issue number 7: Public debt is rising faster than ever before. Real issue number 8: Per capita income is declining like never before.
The opposition’s only goal is: to bring down the PTI government. Lo and behold, the PTI government’s only goal is: to crush the opposition. The real goal – both for the government and the opposition – should be unconditional political reconciliation in order to solve Pakistan’s real issues. At this point in time, the mother of all issues is: Where will Pakistan be in two and a half years if the PTI fails to mend its ways and correct its course?

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad.
Email: farrukh15@hotmail.com Twitter: @saleemfarrukh

But atleast now we know his email 😉🤣
 

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Real issue is rising exports and a positive current account even after paying all loans...

If this continues pakistan will no longer malleable to US West or Middle East pressures as we are witnessing today. Its already non malleable in military terms

Hence every kaffir mushriq munafiq and murtid is out in full force against political stability and pak military on social media 5th gen and terrorism sectors...

Although no body is daring open military intervention
 

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Real issue is rising exports and a positive current account even after paying all loans...

If this continues pakistan will no longer malleable to US West or Middle East pressures as we are witnessing today. Its already non malleable in military terms

Hence every kaffir mushriq munafiq and murtid is out in full force against political stability and pak military on social media 5th gen and terrorism sectors...

Although no body is daring open military intervention
You stay on this path for a few years:
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And you won't be going back to IMF ever again
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Isnt this the same guy who showed loans in Rs just to potray that Khan took more loans than PMLN ?

But atleast now we know his email 😉🤣

He was appointed govt spokesman for the economy at one time. Anyways, whether you agree with him or not inflation is breaking the back of common people. It needs to be controlled ASAP.
Real issue is rising exports and a positive current account even after paying all loans...

If this continues pakistan will no longer malleable to US West or Middle East pressures as we are witnessing today. Its already non malleable in military terms

Hence every kaffir mushriq munafiq and murtid is out in full force against political stability and pak military on social media 5th gen and terrorism sectors...

Although no body is daring open military intervention

If PTI wants to win again, it needs to control inflation ASAP. People are under severe economic stress. These PPP and PML-N people are taking complete advantage by this.

Pakistan's national food supply lines should be handed over to the army for the time being so at least the food prices can be reduced and smuggling can be stopped.

If PTI fails to deliver, it will be a tragedy as it is the only party left that actually is a national party.
 
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should be unconditional political reconciliation in order to solve Pakistan’s real issues. At this point in time, the mother of all issues is: Where will Pakistan be in two and a half years if the PTI fails to mend its ways and correct its course?
Pakistan's problems are not political.

What is being referred here as reconciliation amounts to surrender to the status quo and mould ourselves accordingly.

This cannot be allowed to happen.

If this was the motive, PTI would not be needed.
 

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He was appointed govt spokesman for the economy at one time. Anyways, whether you agree with him or not inflation is breaking the back of common people. It needs to be controlled ASAP.
Maybe thats why he was kicked out... he is selling his manjan by doing propaganda regarding stats...

And yes inflation needs to be controlled
 

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You stay on this path for a few years: View attachment 700599 View attachment 700600 View attachment 700601
And you won't be going back to IMF ever again
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sir jee all of those things should go hand in hand. high prices of basic necessities will cause people to vote in the corrupt again. also, pti's ministers should focus more on their respective ministries than just being vocal in the media. For example, fawad ch is busy in standing on others' shoulders (taking credit for initiatives and achievements of other ministries, rather than his own), shireen mazari cares more about ali zafar than any other thing. MoIP and EDB are busy appeasing the automotive assemblers mafia etc. etc.
 

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If PTI wants to win again, it needs to control inflation ASAP. People are under severe economic stress.
Inflation is not caused by this govt. It is happening thanks to Darnomics
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Anyways, whether you agree with him or not inflation is breaking the back of common people. It needs to be controlled ASAP.
You cannot artificially control inflation. It must run its course and correct itself naturally
If PTI fails to deliver, it will be a tragedy as it is the only party left that actually is a national party.
What's your standard of delivery? There was very low inflation during previous govt. But it was all artificial and temporary
And yes inflation needs to be controlled
No. Inflation happens because of market forces of demand and supply. It must not be controlled
high prices of basic necessities will cause people to vote in the corrupt again.
Why? Ban the corrupt parties if people wish to vote these parties again
 

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You stay on this path for a few years: View attachment 700599 View attachment 700600 View attachment 700601
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Can you teach these graphs to 80% of Pakistani population?
I am sure answer is "NO" PTI Govt isn't something which has happened first in our history,it's just hodge podge of those who were incharge of matters from 2000 to 2013.
Nawaz at best would have been stealing 30% out of 100,those who were getting 70% are still around and for them business is as usual,Khan isn't capable of watcing them.PTI should chalk a strategy for solving these crisis 2023 is yet faraway.
P.S:- Pakistan is poor country increase in food prices can lead up to mass agitation and this would easily push state in chaos.Govt should take this issue seriously even if IK has to become Chief Martial Law Admin.
 
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P.S:- Pakistan is poor country increase in food prices can lead up to mass agitation and this would easily push state in chaos.Govt should take this issue seriously even if IK has to become Chief Martial Law Admin.
How long are you going to delay the real medicine for Pakistan's economic and financial woes. Pakistanis poor or rich must come to their senses that they cannot live on borrowed money for ever. If Imran Khan has to put people in pain to resolve the problem for good then be it. Army and other institutions must help him in this regards. If not Pakistan will go bankrupt after 2023.
I am sure answer is "NO" PTI Govt isn't something which has happened first in our history,it's just hodge podge of those who were incharge of matters from 2000 to 2013.
Imran Khan is the first time thing that happened in Pakistan's history.
 

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Imran Khan is the first time thing that happened in Pakistan's history
It's state a single person won't do anything.

How long are you going to delay the real medicine for Pakistan's economic and financial woes. Pakistanis poor or rich must come to their senses that they cannot live on borrowed money for ever. If Imran Khan has to put people in pain to resolve the problem for good then be it. Army and other institutions must help him in this regards. If not Pakistan will go bankrupt after 2023.
You must understand people have always been in pain.
 

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Inflation is not caused by this govt. It is happening thanks to Darnomics

You cannot artificially control inflation. It must run its course and correct itself naturally

What's your standard of delivery? There was very low inflation during previous govt. But it was all artificial and temporary

No. Inflation happens because of market forces of demand and supply. It must not be controlled

Wheat crisis, Sugar crisis, cng crisis, power crisis, and other crises can be reduced if supply chain management is improved. PM Khan said this himself.

PTI needs to improve management and it is the only party that can as the leader is not corrupt.

If God forbid, PTI fails can you imagine what PPP and PML-N, Fuzla and PTM will do to this country?

PTI cannot rely on the military establishment, their role is clear to everyone. Look how a terrorist Shahbaz sharif is being treated in jail - A+ accommodation. This guy should have been hanged after model town.
 

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