Citizens decry exorbitant prices Rush witnessed in shopping centres
According to the survey conducted by INP, a large number of customers throng various commercial markets to buy clothes and footwear for Eid as many fear further increase in the extremely high prices during the last days of the holy month of Ramazan.
Shop owners talking to INP said that response from customers is fabulous, as majority of the people got their salaries at the beginning of the month. “We have been witnessing extraordinary rush for the last two days. People have got their salaries. We have displayed sales on various items to attract customers,” said owner of a famous outfit store in Rawalpindi Saddar Bazaar.
While one other factor of the rush in the shopping centres was due to people from other parts of the country but working in Rawalpindi-Islamabad as they usually leave for their native towns, a week before Eidul Fitr.
“We do Eid shopping in time to avoid exorbitant prices at the end of Ramazan but even then things are too expensive particularly children clothes,” said Mehmood Alam, a government employee, adding that he got shalwar qameez for 3,500 in Jinnah Super Market. The citizens said that good weather conditions also provided an opportunity to people to go out for shopping, as temperature has come down significantly, due to recent heavy rainfall. “Everyone wants to shop in advance of Eid because prices touch sky during end of Ramazan,” Shazia Amin said, adding that she had to go from shop to shop and buy stuff at affordable prices.
It should be mentioned here that in other countries prices are lowered before such festival like Christmas, ester but in Pakistan the situation is absolutely opposite because these events are considered special periods to make money here thus prices go up and up as Eid gets closer. —INP