ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sundayconducted surprise visits to Aabpara and G-10 Markaz markets in Islamabad to personally inquire into the prices of daily used edible items.
The Prime Minister, on the occasion, mixed freely with the consumers and inquired into the prices of daily used items, including vegetables and fruits.
The Prime Minister said every possible effort is being made to overcome electricity crisis in the country. He said the government is making efforts to resolve the problems being faced by the masses and practical steps are being taken to end unemployment in the country.
The people present there highly appreciated his visits. They also lauded the government’s decision of bringing down petroleum product prices.
Addressing a gathering of people, the Prime Minister said he had come there to look into the impacts of government’s public-friendly measures like a sharp cut in petroleum prices. He said Pakistan, no doubt, was confronted with serious issues like gas and power shortage but he was resolved to overcome all the issues in the shortest possible period. Both the issues, he added, would be addressed during the present government’s tenure. He said the gas shortage issue would end within next two years.
The Prime Minister assured the people that the government was also taking steps to overcome other issues like unemployment. He asked the people to pray for their success and pronounced that soon Pakistan would be on the path of progress and prosperity.
The Prime Minister was apprised by an old woman that the prices of vegetables had come down significantly.
A shopkeeper said potatoes were being sold at Rs 30 per kilogram against Rs 80 some two months back. Likewise, onion price now stood at Rs 30, tomato Rs 70, carrot Rs 30 and cauliflower at Rs 25.
A number of shopkeepers at Aabpara and G-10 markets to the Prime Minister’s queries, replied that the cut in petroleum prices in the last six months had brought substantial relief to the consumers with respect of prices of daily used vegetables and fruits.
He also talked to general public in a pleasant mood and inquired about their issues. “I have come here to talk to you and to know the rates of vegetables and fruits,” the Prime Minister stated.
The Prime Minister also listened to the issues of Aabpara shopkeepers and assured that Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, PML-N legislator accompanying him, would address their concerns.
During his visit to G-10 Markaz, the Prime Minister also heard a government employee’s concerns regarding transport fares. Two kids also approached the Prime Minister and shook hands whereas a push cart owner selling peanuts also expressed his satisfaction over the decline of prices in daily used items.=DNA