The budget is irrelevant for the common man. Well over 90 % of the country's poor neither understand it nor care a fig. The PPP government has ruined them beyond description through unprecedented taxes that have skyrocketed the prices. Look at wheat. Even after the so-called bumper crop due to a 33% increase in support prices, the price of wheat is climbing. PPP has taken away the bijli, pani, roti, virtually everything the poor had. The 80-strong, corrupt armada of the PPP ministers costs billions to the exchequer in security alone. -KHAIR BUKSH, Quetta, via e-mail, June 13.