One had hoped that with the ushering of democracy, the issues relating to the masses would be addressed with policies to provide relief to the millions of Pakistanis suffering due to price hikes. That has not happened. Escalation in prices of petrol, diesel, CNG, wheat, electricity, gas etc is threatening the very existence of the middle class and poor. Every day horrible stories are seen both in the print and electronic media about suicide being committed out of sheer desperation. There is an alarming increase in thefts, daylight robberies, car lifting and more. These issues are of far greater importance in my opinion than the judicial crisis that can be and should be amicably resolved by our elected government within no time. -DAWOOD SHAKIL, Rawalpindi, via e-mail, June 3.