Hoarders, profiteers face the music as the raids begin


Rawalpindi: The Deputy Commissioner (DC), Rawalpindi Tahir Farooq ordered the registration of FIRs against hoarders and profiteers for looting the public under the guise of floods or shortages and selling all kinds of vegetables, especially the onion, tomato, potato, ginger, garlic and many other food items at skyrocketing prices. The special prize magistrates began raids in different points to stop the hoarders here on Friday.

Residents of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are still facing starvation situation in all bazaars by buying all kinds of vegetables especially potato, onion and tomato.

Local management claimed to restart routine supply from several areas, but profiteers and hoarders continue to loot the public under the pretext of a shortage of items. Profiteers and hoarders try to create an artificial shortage of all kinds of vegetables. A kilogram of onions is still sold at Rs200-Rs300, tomatoes at Rs300, potatoes at Rs100, ginger at Rs400 and garlic at Rs400 per kilogram.

Special Prize Magistrate Asad Abbas told ‘The News’ that the deputy commissioner ordered to register the FIRs and send all profiteers and hoarders to Adiala prison. “On the tips of different sources, we started raids in several localities to stop the profiteers and hoarders,” he said. The City Police Officer (CPO) provided us with special forces officers to arrest the looters. Profiteers and hoarders are still plundering the public by creating an artificial shortage of food, he said.

According to reports, 5,000 tons of onions and 1,800 tons of potatoes have reached Pakistan from Iran and Afghanistan. More and more trucks of onions and potatoes are continuously arriving in Pakistan.

The reliable sources said profiteers and hoarders were hoarding potatoes, onions and tomatoes in different godowns to sell at skyrocketing prices. These godowns are located at Pirwadhai, Ganjmandi, Chaklala Bridge, G-10, Golra, Bokra, Khayaban and Bangash Colony.

The floods not only wreaked havoc in large parts of the country but also did not spare the residents of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad where people faced the worst shortage of several food items, especially especially vegetables. The available food products are sold at skyrocketing prices. The situation is normalizing now, but profiteers and hoarders were still plundering the public with both hands. The hoarders have hoarded several food items in bulk and now they are still selling them “black” at skyrocketing prices.

Residents of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have called on higher authorities to take strict action against profiteers and hoarders for plundering the public with both hands.

They also demanded not to impose releasable sections in the FIRs.


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