Inflation in Pakistan is on the rise persistently. It can only be controlled if the Government takes concrete steps for the relief of the common Pakistani. State Bank of Pakistan may play a key role in this regard. Pakistan must explore and utilize its own natural resources, as there are plenty of resources in Pakistan. We must not forget that self-reliance is the key to success. We also ought to practice austerity especially at the government level. Government luxury expenses both federal and provincial must be curtailed. The system of direct and indirect taxes should be assessed completely. To increase the production of food particularly food inflation, petrol and oil prices should be controlled. Finally, the State Bank must also come forward and play its part in controlling inflation. SHEZA BUKHARI, Karachi, October 7.