These events have reemphasized the need to implement strict and additional security measures to minimize the risk of criminal activities on National Highway, PQA roads and protect the infrastructure and manpower of Port Qasim industries.
At the time when industrial production needs to be boosted up to help the economy, incidents like these will act as serious deterrent to investors local as well as foreign, said MianMuhammed Ahmed.
He demanded the concerned authority and ministry to take immediate steps for protecting persons and property against these acts, thefts and sabotage attempts in the best interest of the industries operating in the area.
On the other hand, a survey to the local markets revealed that, manufactures have already increased prices of cooking oil/ghee by Rs 10 per kg during the outgoing week. Traders said that manufacturers of ghee and cooking oil had warned of further surge in prices of the commodities by Rs 5 to Rs 10 per kg in next few days.
The survey revealed that prices of most of the essential kitchen items have registered a drastic increase the week ended on February 12, as compared to the last week. Traders of other cities wholesale markets are of the view that suppliers of most of the kitchen items kept on raising the prices of cooking-oil, ghee, rice, pulses and other kitchen essentials.
Traders alleged that suppliers of cooking-oil/ghee were regularly increasing the price of the commodity: good quality cooking oil like Dalda, Sufi and Habib was available at Rs 180 per kg last Saturday, and is now being sold at Rs 185 per kg. Suppliers of cooking oil have increased the price of normal quality ghee by Rs 10 per kg.
Traders revealed that ghee and cooking oil prices would be further increased by Rs 5-10 per kg in next week and it may touch Rs 200 per kg within next few weeks as globally palm oil prices were increasing continuously. They maintained that the rates have been raised due to increase in palm-oil prices in the global market.
People from all walks of life expressed serious concerns over hike in prices of kitchen items. They said that hoarding by some traders was the main reason behind the recent price hike, while the government has failed in controlling this illegal activity. Citizens criticised the government that it not only failed in providing relief to the poor masses, but also failed in checking the price hike. They said that the government had given a free hand to the profiteers.