Members of the cabinet came down hard on Minister for Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh during the federal cabinet meeting over rising prices as Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf expressed serious concern over the rates of various commodities, saying that prices have gone sky high. At times one feels like weeping at the ‘innocence’ of our leaders. It seems pertinent to ask were they gerrymandering for the last four and half years or maybe they were sleeping like Rip Van Winkle and just woke up to the harsh reality of the numerous problems that the poor masses have been facing, the rocketing prices of essentials being at the forefront of all the woes.

It seems as if the world is waking up, just when elections are around the corner. The luxury that all our elected functionaries enjoyed for so long are all forgotten and now they are thinking of the load that the poor masses have been carrying. Our Prime Minister must be lauded for his great work and his efficiency in handing matters of the state. We would like to request them to shed no crocodile tears for the poor of Pakistan, the poor have Allah on their side and they will survive. The people know very well who is sincere to them and those who are here just to plunder the nation and leave, just remember Abraham Lincoln once said “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

DR. IRFAN ZAFAR,

Islamabad, November 03.