Syed Naveed Qamar in a post-budget news conference on Thursday said the Budget 2008-09 was aimed at bringing macro-economic stability through fiscal policy measures, reducing the rich-poor gap, controlling inflation to a certain limit and its gradual reduction, reining in the runaway current account deficit (CAD), protecting labour, the salaried class and the poorest of the poor. Even if that is the intention, the poor citizens of this country will have to bear the burden of increase in prices of energy i.e. gas, electricity and oil. Once the prices of these items are increased, there will be an automatic increase in prices of other commodities. Can the oppressed be freed of this burden? -DAWOOD SHAKIL, Rawalpindi, via e-mail, June 12.