It is very hard to find anything in Pakistan which directly benefits the common people or poor people. Inflation is skyrocketing and in the last 2-3 years price of almost every basic commodity has increased three hundred percent or more.

The government has failed to provide any relief to the people. Prices of essential products like rice, milk, vegetables, meat have risen. Those products which are exported from other countries are also very expensive because of Pakistan currency devaluation. Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is used in more than 2.5 million vehicles. Most of the middle class people are using it as it is cheaper then petrol. When Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered to reduce the price of CNG by almost Rs.30 per kg everyone heaved a sigh of relief, but the dream was short lived. There needs to be more done to resolve the continuous problems faced by everyone.

The lack of responsibility felt by the general public towards helping each other has made the very rich also opt for a CNG run car, thus creating more problems for the middle class and poor to attain CNG. It is also strange to note that in October 2012 All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) said that price of CNG is very much high and it should be brought down. APCNGA Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha said at that time that the price of CNG in Thailand is 76.70 percent less than the price of petrol. In Bangladesh, CNG is available at 68.61 percent lesser price. In India and Indonesia CNG is 58.84 percent and 51.65 percent less then price of petrol respectively. But now the same Mr Paracha has criticized the price formula of gas and is of the view that it is causing heavy losses to CNG stations owners. It is not for the common man to judge whether the government is lying or CNG industry has become a large mafia. Everyone knows that these pumps are owned by very rich people who want to get richer by blackmailing the poor of the country. They are holding the whole country hostage and there is no one we can appeal to.

MUBASHIR MAHMOOD,

Karachi, November 26.