Capital city emerged as one of the costliest city in the country!

Highest ever inflation rate calculated in Islamabad ranging from 13% to 16%. The most effected group is the one who has income between Rs 3,000 to 5,000. They are the ones who become the victim of all crises in the country.

Increase in the prices of food items:

1. For the income, group from 3,000Rs is 11.5%
2. For the income group from 3,001-5,000Rs is 12.3%
3. For the income group from 5,001-12,000Rs is 12.8%
4. For the income group above 12,000Rs is 14.2%

49 commodities have 10% inflation every year that includes sugar, chicken, fresh milk, beef and honey in 2006. Fresh milk shows increase of 11.1% every year.

Fruits and vegetables includes guava, green chilies, tomatoes, etc. there prices have increased more than 30%.

Such an increase will soon damage the backbone of this nation. Islamabad might look beautiful but inside there is starvation and survival for livelihood. Majority of Pakistan’s population is below poverty line, which includes the beautiful city of Islamabad. Increased prices of food items do not affect the elite class but middle and lower middle class. Families with monthly income of Rs. 5000, consider their situation.

These are not the only figures there are other 250 non-food commodities whose price rate has increased. 31 commodities have double-digit rise in prices. Such commodities includes gents shoes, it is for those men who say that women spend more money on clothing, gas cylinders, mattress, fares of different modes of transportation, primary school fee(English medium), doctor clinic fee, etc.

If you are deciding or even thinking of coming to Islamabad permanently, please think twice. Living in Islamabad is good for mental satisfaction but not good for your pocket.

3 Comments so far

  1. 1967 (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 8:48 am

    Very insightful post Ghalia in expressing another side of Islamabad. It occupies much of my time thinking daily how tough life is for these people when I see these people trying to make both ends. Rents are already being demanded in USD in some areas. I hope that doesn’t happens to daily consumables as well. However this inflation hits really hard to families, with bigger numbers and less income.

    However if you look it in a bigger prespective you will realise that this change is going on at a global scale. In other parts of the world, be it west or far east, people are moving towards smaller families where both spouses have to work. In Japan, which is one of the richest nation in the world, men and women prefer to stay single till their mid thirties. This is a trend which will soon capture Pakistan as well. Pakistan is still lucky that it is going through a metamorphis, and we can still enjoy many facilities of traditional lifestyle.

  2. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

    Well it’s a really nice post … as compared to other cities e.g., Lahore , there’s a mark difference in prices of such items as Veggies .. fruits. yogurt, milk and all that … !

    Inflation Inflation Inflation … where would it lead us man ..!

    In other countries as UK or USA … at least food items are available quite cheaply (generally speaking) but here a person earning 3K or something around it with a full fledge family … and they’ve such large families too … it’s really hard to even survive hand to mouth …!

    That’s a very nice thing you’ve brought up here ….!

  3. Nosheen (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

    The rising inflation is one of the major factors leading to extreme frustration amongst people.look at the sects one who has barely to eat some thing , and other living in pizza hut.Frustrations ,anger ,hatered amongst them at peak.Have you guys ever noticed the look in the eyes of the children who are hanging on the isloo chowks, Rahat ‘s spot when they see the untocuhed latest cars glimmering ,crystal lights .That surely is frustration .And to add to it , the people who come out of these cars , just observe their attitude.We all are responsible for this.And next time we hear of some in house terrorist ,please do not blame them.

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