The rise in the price of wheat flour across the country and its acute shortage in several cities has brought severe crisis for the general public.
The growers hold the flour mill owners and the government responsible for the “Flour crisis”.
In Lahore, people are forced to buy flour at highest-ever price of up to Rs70 per kg.
In Faisalabad, the flour prices have skyrocketed with an increase of up to Rs30 per kg.
Meanwhile, the Nanbais of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have announced that they will go on a strike from tomorrow (Monday) against the government.
Other associations in Punjab have given an ultimatum to the government asking it to provide them flour at the previous rate.
Or the nanbais would raise the prices of naan and roti.
Provincial Minister of Punjab for Food Sami Ullah Chaudhary has denied reports of wheat flour shortage in Punjab.
He stated that wheat flour at the official rate of Rs805 per 20kg is available.
“We are ready for cooperation with Sindh and KP. Punjab should not face for someone else’s incompetence.”
On the other hand, the provincial food department of Lahore have jointly formed a plan to provide “relief” to the public of the city amid the prevailing crisis.
The department have supplied 10,000 bags of wheat flour to ten model markets.
The flour crisis has hit all the four provinces and the federal capital in the same way.
But, the matter has politicized with the PTI-led federal and provincial governments of Punjab and KP.
They blame the PPP-ruled Sindh for wheat shortage.
Contrarily, the Sindh government held the federal responsible for the wheat crisis and subsequent increase in flour prices.
The flour grinding vendors refused to sell flour below the price of Rs70 per kg.
They keep in view of massive increase in 40kg-wheat price to Rs2,150.
In Karachi, the 5kg and 10kg flour bags of Bake Parlor and Ashrafi brands further rose to Rs340-350 and Rs660-670.
Two days back, the bags sold at Rs310-330 and Rs630-640.
The flour crisis has become severe just a day after PM Imran ordered the provincial governments to play an active role in curbing food prices, profiteering and hoarding.