LAHORE/Peshawar - Braving inflation, people have been thronging markets, shopping malls and bazaars for Eid shopping in Lahore.
A great rush was witnessed at Liberty Market, Main Market Gulberg, Anarkali Bazaar, Shah Alam Market, Kashmiri Bazaar, Naqi Market, The Mall, Panorama Centre, Link Road Model Town, Moon Market Iqbal Town, Karim Block Market, Icchra Bazaar, Baghbanpura Bazaar and Chah Miran Bazaar.
Most of the shoppers talking to this scribe said shopkeepers of these markets were continuing fleecing the consumers in the name of quality products.
As usual a large number of people, who visited markets and bazaars for Eid shopping, returned home empty-handed because of the highest ever prices of readymade garments, shoes, artificial jewellery, bangles and other items.
Some people were also seen buying products from the roadside stalls at cheaper rates. Shamas Mehmood, a consumer, said he was buying dresses and shoes for his kids since the same products were available at cheaper prices than the main markets.
Another customer named Muhammad Ali accused the shopkeepers dealing in children’s garments of deceiving the shoppers in the name of ‘Eid Sale’.
In Peshawar, shopkeepers and roadside vendors are flexing their muscles to increase the prices of tomato, onion, and others kind of grocery ahead of Eid.
In a market survey of different shops in the cantonment area, The Nation observed slight increase in prices as compared to previous days. Zerullah Khan, a shopkeeper, told The Nation that up till now the prices have been increased slightly.
He said that the price for per kilogramme tomato is fixed at Rs70, which was being sold at Rs60 a few days ago. Similarly, the prices of onion also increased five per cent while the prices of green chilli increased from Rs100 to Rs120 per kg. Similarly, the prices of pea and garlic also increased from 10-15 per cent. Residents stressed the need for check and balance in the market as some vendors in the main supply market are flexing their muscles for hoarding and profiteering and making artificial shortage of tomatoes in the market.