ISLAMABAD - Not only locals but foreigners too are irked with the plethora of problems in the Capital. An exclusive survey conducted by TheNation revealed that many foreign nationals are not satisfied with their living conditions here. The foreigners from different states who are residing in Pakistan for their jobs, research, study, and other purposes were interviewed by this correspondent to have their say pertaining to their observation about Pakistani society, in general, and Islamabad, in particular. Several nationals openly came up with the issues related to their security, accommodation, transportation and the attitude of locals towards them. Some of them candidly gave their version and did not seem to have any problems with their names being published in newspaper. However, others hesitantly spoke on the issues requesting their names not to be disclosed. Prominent scholar, writer and international consultant on global affairs Atle Hetland, who has spent several years in Pakistan, said that price hike is a major problem that is creating trouble for common man. "I have spent many years here adding the people are very affectionate and welcoming. The society is peaceful and closely knitted, everything is fine, but one real problem that bothers me enough, is the cost of accommodation in Islamabad, it's really expensive here." Hetland, a Norwegian national and a former diplomat, specifically mentioned that hiring a house or staying in a guesthouse was becoming unaffordable. "Each and every reasonable guest house charges around Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 per day, that makes a monthly fare of minimum Rs 80,000 to Rs 150,000 excluding laundry, food and traveling expenses", he added Atle further provided that he was spending more than Rs 100,000 on accommodation excluding food and transport. "This is too much, it's high time the government should curb inflation", he suggested. Tayyab Mukremeen, an employee of a Turkish Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), seemed contented with the fact that his finances were being paid by the organisation he was working in. "Thanks God my employer pays for my stay and they have provided security to the all the personnel of this organisation. Else, who could think to live here under prevailing circumstances without financial protection and security"? A Spanish national wishing anonymity stated that security was a factor of concern for her more than any other issue. "I go to office and then come back home straight. I don't hang out, I just go to the near by market for some necessary shopping but I make sure that I am back before the sunset. I hope this security crises will be solved soon", she stated in an optimistic note. Yoshi, an employee of a Japanese company, also complained about the massive increase in the fares of his flat. "Two years ago I was paying Rs 50,000 for this flat. But now I am paying Rs 100,000 for it. I am planning to shift to some cheaper flat, it's simply unaffordable now". Several other nationals from different countries, including the students from Gulf, Middle East and African origin, who are in Pakistan to pursue their studies, also came up with similar complaints pertaining to cost of living and inflation. "The Pakistani rulers make tall claims of making Pakistan a heaven but they don't do anything for the betterment of people", stated a Chinese student, studying in a university in Islamabad. A Somalian student Ibrahim Islamil, who is undergoing a language course in Islamabad, expressed his annoyance on a bitter note, "The PPP chief (Asif Zardari) is in habit of making sentimental speeches in the memory of late Bhuttos, but he doesn't do anything practical for people." The property dealers and guesthouse managers told TheNation that the rise in the fuel prices had an adverse effect on the prices of almost all the commodities. "We pay Rs 200,000 to the owner of this land where we run this guesthouse. What other option do we have then to charge our customers heavily?" asked a guesthouse manager. "The government should reduce the prices of the items of daily life usage. Only then inflation can be curbed", he suggested.