Don't you worry now by Muhammad Waqas

This is the situation which I keep mentioning in these columns. Inflation is still making people's lives miserable. Now Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised that inflation will come down after winter. He also said that Pakistan is still a cheap country. It would be better if he would tell us after which winter we will get rid of inflation. At the moment, the weekly report of the Bureau of Statistics, contrary to the claims of his special assistant named Muzammil, has confirmed that there has been no overall reduction in inflation. The rate remained above 18%. Prices of 19 items rose, 9 fell slightly and 23 remained unchanged.

Don't you worry now by Muhammad Waqas
Don't you worry now by Muhammad Waqas

A special assistant named Muzammil posted a chart of reduction in prices of 9 items on social media yesterday and claimed that inflation has been steadily declining. Opposition and media are misleading the people. Allah Allah, the person whom the people of the neighbourhood do not know is also raining on the media. A user on social media told him how many times he made purchases out of his own pocket in the last one year. Another said that of course the prices of 9 items would have gone down but what about the items that have gone up? The PPP staged a nationwide protest on December 10 against inflation. Protests did take place, of course, but the PPP failed in its "power show". She brought her workers to the protests but failed to mobilize the masses. Was it mismanagement or was it a delusion that the people would come and go automatically because of the rising prices? One thing is for sure, getting two meals a day has become a problem for an ordinary citizen. However, the PPP should have launched a full-fledged public relations campaign for its December 10 protest.

On December 10, a day of condemnation against extremism was observed across the country on the appeal of scholars and leaders of different schools of thought. Addressing the Friday prayer gatherings, the Friday Imams and Jamaat termed the growing extremism in the country as contrary to Islamic teachings and appealed to the people not to allow enthusiasm to prevail at any stage. Obey the law. Of course, obeying the law is very important. The consequences of deviating from it will not be positive for anyone. It is a pity that those who later took the law into their own hands and humiliated humanity have not been dealt with as effectively as they are now being taken after the Sialkot tragedy.

For example, in Kot Radha Kishan area of  Kasur district, a Christian couple was burnt alive in a brick kiln chimney after a bitter argument over wages and arrears. There are other incidents which later turned out to be due to personal animosity or transaction disputes. In fact, before the growing extremism in the society can be eradicated, the religious classes themselves should also take notice of the extremists in their ranks. And it should not be encouraged at any level. Let me ask you very politely that in a country where a person of one sect cannot offer prayers in the mosque of another country, there should be one thousand days of condemnation for the condemnation of extremism.

In the last two or three days, a couple of good deeds have been done. A few people have been arrested for making viral hate videos on social media. One of them has apparently set up a tuition centre in the minds of innocent children I was filling the ammunition of extremism. One was poisoning the minds of regular government school students. The elders of the religious classes of this country have to sit together and think about how to improve the situation. The bitter truth is that extremism did not arise overnight, it has spread through decades of hard work, now it will not end overnight, we will have to work day and night to eradicate it.

For example, in Kot Radha Kishan area of  Kasur district, a Christian couple was burnt alive in a brick kiln chimney after a bitter argument over wages and arrears. There are other incidents which later turned out to be due to personal animosity or transnational disputes. In fact, before the growing extremism in the society can be eradicated, the religious classes themselves should also take notice of the extremists in their ranks. And it should not be encouraged at any level. Let me ask you very politely that in a country where a person of one sect cannot offer prayers in the mosque of another country, there should be one thousand days of condemnation for the condemnation of extremism.

These days, some leaders of PPP and PML-N and Mujahideen are facing each other. Regarding the votes received by the PPP in the by-election of NA-133 constituency of Lahore, the PML-N claims that it got the support of the Establishment. It was also alleged that the PPP had obtained support from an extremist religious organization. The PPP denies any co-operation with the religious organization, but the "truth" in Punjab is the same as that raised by the PML-N. It is said at special meetings of Shahbaz Sharif that he has always been a "courtier". The real leader is Maryam Nawaz.

At the low turnout in the NA-133 by-election, the PPP is claiming that the PML-N bought 40,000 identity cards to keep the turnout low. It seems that both the parties are going back to their politics of the past. The PPP is not in a position to counter this on the propaganda front. Even the PPP members do not understand that now politics is not about sincerity and workers but on media management.

Zafar Moj is an army of pro-PML-N journalists, anchors and analysts. Even in the province of Sindh where the party has no ground presence, a large number of media mujahideen are sympathetic to it. However, the bitterness among the supporters of both the parties is increasing. It was further aggravated by the speech of Talal Chaudhry, a leader of PML-N, in which he used bazaar language to embarrass the soul of Hafiz Salman Butt of 1988. Mr. Nawaz Sharif was invited to the house on a formal invitation and applauded for giving a public speech.

Now let it be known that in the name of fuel adjustment charges, the federal government has adopted a strategy of skillfully withdrawing Rs. 115 billion from the pockets of power consumers in November and December. Consumers in the name of fuel adjustment charges have always been stingy in providing relief to consumers of electricity and petroleum in the face of falling oil prices in the international market. According to the finance adviser, implementation of the agreement with the IMF is essential. In Punjab, on the other hand, the Chief Minister makes big announcements daily. Now it has been decided to add Rs. 85 billion to the development program. Two days ago, Rs. 24 crore was sanctioned for the purchase of new vehicles for the Chief Minister and Ministers, but in some departments of the same Punjab, salaries and pensions are not received for two months.

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