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Rising prices and the war in Afghanistan

In Karachi the norm was that electricity load shedding never took place during winter months, because people had stopped using air conditioners. But strangely enough load shedding started in late 2001 when US forces arrived to invade to Afghanistan. Then food and fuel prices started rising as the war has raged on for almost 10 years. The cost of electricity has risen but the load shedding has not stopped. The cost of food prices, fuel prices have gone up. There can be only one logical explanation for this, the US forces need to be fed and they should be comfortable in the bases provided in Pakistan and in Afghanistan. This war is costing the USA a great deal of money. Special weapons and equipment require to be kept at specific temperature. The US has increased the number of its soldiers in Afghanistan - hence more demand for food, electricity and fuel. The people in Pakistan are suffering this outrageous price increase. Meat used to be Rs 80 per kilogramme now it has become R…

Again an oil and gas price hike

The present government is again increasing the price of oil products and of gas. It seems that the government does not have any source of income other than this. Why should this be the case? There are so many sources of income, but the government does not want to impose taxes on them or is not allowed to. Why impose income tax on the feudal lords (Zamindars, Waderas), impose land tax on them also. Impose income tax on the owners of brick kiln owners? The government does not want to touch those people because they are the people who run the government. Impose income tax tribal chiefs. This government all others before it impose tax on oil, gas and imported vehicles nothing else. There is complete of understanding. There are so many sectors where taxes can be imposed. One of the primary reason why tax is increased, is not because the government has run out of money, it is increased because all the greedy pigs in Islamabad take all that money away, so there is no money left for the g…

Electricity crisis another total breakdown

The total electricity breakdown in Karachi is not a new thing, it has been happening regularly. Electricity appears to be benefit of the privileged few. These largely are government officials, civil servants of every rank and file. They receive electricity free of charge. The myriad government departments consume the most electricity and electricity has to be supplied to them even if they never pay anything. In any case electricity should not be a Federal matter it should be a provincial issue. Provincial governments should be responsible for the supply and tariff of electricity. The Federal government has no business taking the money of different electricity supply organisation. There should be no authorities and organisations run because all of them are run by most asinine and absolutely corrupt people. At least when provincial governments are solely responsible they will much better than the Federal government. Federal government offices in different provinces will not be su…