Pakistani minister blames suspension of trade with India for high food pricesChristian Fernsby ▼ | December 6, 2019
Minister for Economic Affairs Hamad Azhar has blamed the suspension of trade with India for the current price hike of food items in the country as the prices of tomatoes skyrocketed.
Asian economies Minister for Economic Affairs Hamad Azhar
Topics: Pakistani trade India food
Azhar said the prevailing price hike, particularly the food inflation, emanated from the suspension of trade with India and seasonal factors and the role of the middleman.
He said the centre was taking up the matter with provincial governments for setting up of Sasta Bazaars and effective use of magistracy system to ensure relief to the public.
He said the inflation would start going down in January-February.
His remarks came after the prices of tomatoes touched Rs300 per kg, creating panic among the people as the vegetable is a key ingredient of every kitchen.
Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties and suspended trade with India after New Delhi revoked special status given to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. ■