Posts Tagged ‘Economy

12
Sep
08

Petrol prices to be cut down by Rs. 5 – A spec of hope?

The Gulf Today has reported that petrol prices might be slashed down by Rs. 5/liter in Pakistan from September 15 onwards due to global decline in oil prices.

The prices of diesel and other petroleum product will however remain the same since the Pakistan government is already subsidising them.

In times when the economy is at an all time low and the nation has most recently been jolted with 31% increase in electricity tariffs coupled with the soon to be official news of Petrol Stations remining closed one day of the week, even a Rs. 5 reduction in the prices is like a tiny breathing space for the common man.

It needs to be seen whether this move by the government will be followed by any other compensations and relaxations in the future or not.

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09
Sep
08

The Fruit of ‘Pakistani’ Democracy: President Zardari

All so called patriotic rallies, all sit-ins, all strikes and damages incurred to public properties and buildings, all efforts to get rid of a dictator have paid off! Democracy has won in Pakistan, Ladies, Gentlemen, Politicians, and Laywers (yes, the politicians and the lawyers are a separate breed in Pakistan). So what has been the ultimate and most promising thing to emerge from this struggle to be ‘democratic’ again?

Answer: President Asif Ali Zardari!

Ain’t that ironic! *chuckles*

All hail the new ‘democratic’ and ‘legally elected’ President of Pakistan: The man who has as many cases against him across several continents as the wide spectrum of his assets! The ‘Mr. 10%’ who rose from being a mere Environment Minister to becoming a President! The President of the very same country he was jailed in for well over a decade! This is Pakistani democracy! The easiest and most convenient way to rise in power and stay put, no matter how corrupt or vile you maybe.

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22
Aug
08

Petrol Pumps might have weekly holidays!

There you go! I least expected to hear this news but there it is!

According to a news in Pak Tribune today, the current government is considering closing down petrol pumps across the country for one day every week! And that’s just not it. In order to ‘effectively’ ration petroleum products, consumers will not be allowed to purchase 15-20 liters of petrol and diesel in one go from one petrol pump!

I can literally imagine the ugly scenarios that will unfold if this policy comes in to play!

Consumer: Fill my car up, please!

Petrol Station Worker: No can do! Don’t you know you can not have more than 20 liters in one go? Get 20 from here and drive to another to get another 20 and so on till your car is full!

or

Consumer: Oh no, I’m running low on fuel. Must get more!

(after thought)…oh sh*t, it’s the weekly holiday for petrol pumps! I’m dead meat!

I don’t know about you but I sure am considering installing a petrol tank right next to the water tank on my roof top!

This government has gone nuts! If it wasn’t enough that they are considering the king of corruption aka Zardari as the next President, introducing such policies is an open invitation to the over-emotional nation that we are to frustrated looting!

Oh and did I mention that they also might not shift the time back one hour after August for energy conservation reasons? That means even longer fasts!

As Shehzad Roy rightly said in his recent song, Laga Reh:

Mujhay fikr yeh nahi kay yeh mulk kaisay chalega.

Mujhe fikr yeh hai kay kaheen aisay hee na chalta rahay!

Translation:

[ I’m not worried about how this country will run. I’m worried about it running wild! ]

Zardari, Nawaz and co… LAGA REH! *chuckles*




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